The development of renewable energy sources is key in combating global climate change. Nevertheless renewable energy developments – such as wind farms, tidal power schemes and solar farms – may themselves potentially impact wildlife. Working with government and industry stakeholders, our work aims to improve the evidence-base on these impacts, to inform spatial planning, assessment and monitoring. Our research has focussed on:
- Understanding interactions between species and developments
- Improving impact assessment methodologies
- Determining population-level impacts
Avian vulnerability to wind farm collision through the year: insights from Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Larus fuscus) tracked from multiple breeding colonies
Quantifying avian avoidance of offshore wind turbines: Current evidence and key knowledge gaps
Liz's current job is to develop research projects principally concerned with wetland and marine issues. Her most recent work has focused on understanding the impacts of the renewable industry on seabirds. Previously to joining the BTO, Liz's main research interests involved quantifying the factors that determine the foraging performance and energetics of seabirds.