Effects of wind turbines on spatial distribution of the European hamster
PBN-AR
Instytucja
Wydział Biotechnologii i Nauk o Środowisku (Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II w Lublinie)
Informacje podstawowe
Główny język publikacji
EN
Czasopismo
ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS (35pkt w roku publikacji)
ISSN
1470-160X
EISSN
Wydawca
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
DOI
URL
Rok publikacji
2018
Numer zeszytu
Strony od-do
433-436
Numer tomu
84
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Autorzy
(liczba autorów: 2)
Pozostali autorzy
+ 1
Słowa kluczowe
EN
Wind farm
Environmental impact assessment
Cricetus cricetus
Spatial distribution
Agricultural areas
Streszczenia
Język
EN
Treść
Rapid worldwide growth of wind energy is an important factor that is changing agricultural areas and affecting wildlife. The impact of wind farms on ground-dwelling animals is poorly recognized. Such lack of knowledge is disadvantageous, particularly in the case of rare and protected species, because it may lead to incomplete or inappropriate conservation strategies. We studied whether wind turbines through their vibration and visual or acoustic impact contribute to fragmentation of the environment and change the spatial distribution of the European hamster Cricetus cricetus (a small mammal, threatened with extinction) within wind farm areas. The study was conducted at three wind farms in Poland. The hamsters' burrows were counted along 218 transects near turbines (up to 150 m), at intermediate distances (200-500 m), and outside of wind farms (1-5 km). We did not find any evidence that wind farms in their operational phase cause habitat fragmentation for the European hamster and change its spatial distribution. The studied species occurred even near wind turbines, within the zone of the most intense noise and ground vibrations. Possible explanations for the spatial patterns of hamsters' distribution around wind turbines and their implications for the conservation strategy of this endangered species in contemporary agricultural habitats are discussed.
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PX-5acb4ddfd5de830a15d3b065
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