Endangered black vulture killed by wind turbine in protected park


An endangered black vulture has been killed after it slammed into the blades of a wind turbine located in a protected Natura 2000 park in northern Greece, officials from the Evros Delta and Dadia National Parks said on Friday. .

The incident, which happened in the Filiouri Valley, north of Nea Santa in Rodopi prefecture, was recorded by the cameras of the wind turbine’s bird collision avoidance system.

Named Hector, the black vulture (Aegypius monachus) was tagged in 2018 when it was still a chick. In October 2021, a special transmitter was attached to the raptor to enable scientific tracking.

This incident “confirms our concerns about the impact of installing wind farms in areas that are natural habitats for birds“, underlined Sylvia Zakkak, biologist at the Natural Environment and Climate Change Agency. .

Although the incident occurred “in conditions of good visibility and all actions were carried out by the system in accordance with the protocol, they were not sufficient to prevent the collision, since it was not possible to stop the rotor in time,” she added.

According to research by WWF Greece in 2008-2010, four vultures, one black vulture, two snake eagles, four hawks, one reed, 84 chicks and 194 bats were found dead at wind farms in the wider region.

“The only effective approach to guaranteeing the integrity of the Natura 2000 network is the [environmentally] correct positioning of [wind park] projects and the application of exclusion zones for the installation of new wind farms,” said the Evros Delta and Dadia Park Management Authority. [AMNA]


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