World Migratory Bird Day (9-10 May) – Energy, Make it Bird-friendly!
On the day of the UK’s general election results we reflect on the fact that whilst governments come and go every few years, millions of birds migrate to and from their breeding and wintering grounds every year. They may not vote, but these birds are impacted by the politics of nations, particularly through the impacts of hunting, development (causing habitat loss, barrier effects or collision) and climate change. Making energy production bird friendly is this year’s theme for World Migratory Bird Day, which takes place over the second weekend in May every year and falls on 9-10th May this year.
We have worked for many years collecting data to inform the development of offshore windfarms around the UK and northern Europe, considering the potential impact on seabirds and marine wildlife and contributed to a paper published last year in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science on Resolving issues with environmental impact assessment of marine renewable energy installations.
More recently, we have been working with the Kuwait government through the Public Authority for Agriculture and Fish Resources and the Environment Public Authority to establish a long-term waterbird monitoring programme to inform conservation measures under the UN-funded Kuwait Environmental Remediation Project. Thousands of migratory waterbirds stop in Kuwait on their passage or overwinter there after breeding further north. It is really great to be involved in a project at such an early stage where our work can have a huge impact on the future conservation of species.
What will you do for migratory birds this year? Look out for events near you to get involved.