Paint turbines to reduce insect attraction
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There is evidence that bats actively feed on insects around wind turbines (e.g. Foo et al. 2017). Common turbine colours (white and grey) have been found to attract more insects than other colours, such as purple (Long et al. 2011). Painting turbines in colours that are less attractive to insects could reduce bat foraging activity and subsequent fatalities.
Foo C.F., Bennett V.J., Hale A.M., Korstian J.M., Schildt A.J. & Williams D.A. (2017) Increasing evidence that bats actively forage at wind turbines. PeerJ, 5, e3985.
Long C.V., Flint J.A. & Lepper P.A. (2011) Insect attraction to wind turbines: does colour play a role? European Journal of Wildlife Research, 57, 323–331.
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Bat Conservation
Bat Conservation - Published 2021