Germany’s online Spiegel magazine published a story on how German wind parks are responsible for killing “numerous bats” each and every year – and not only domestic bats, but also migrating birds that are passing through.
According to scientists of the Berlin-based Leibniz-Institute for Zoological and Wildlife Research (IZW):
Also animals from northeast Europe are killed by the rotor blades when they migrate through Germany on their way to their wintering grounds in November.”
Spiegel writes that more than a quarter (28 percent) of the animals examined came from an area spanning from the Baltic region to Russia, Belarus to Poland and were on their way to Central and Southern Europe. Most of the victims were young and female, which will impact future populations, scientists warn.
Studies show that the number of bats and wildlife killed by German windparks annually could be in the 6-digit range.