Europe and Central Asia

Species Conservation


Protecting species from harmful infrastructures

Throughout Europe, thousands of birds are killed daily on roads, by electric powerlines, by badly placed wind farms and other types of infrastructure. The overall impact of these losses can be huge, especially for the rarer species like Great Bustard Otis tarda, raptors, vultures and geese. In many cases, the numbers of birds killed in such ways can be reduced or even eliminated by careful planning of the location of such infrastructure and by designing and implementing adequate mitigation measures. Recognising the importance of these issues, BirdLife adopted position papers on the impact of electric powerlines and on windfarms.