ScienceDaily (Nov. 8, 2012) — Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered that proposed offshore renewable energy developments in the English Channel have the potential to affect the foraging behaviour of northern gannets from Alderney in the Channel Islands.
The study by the University of Liverpool, the British Trust for Ornithology and Alderney Wildlife Trust, funded by the Alderney Commission for Renewable Energy, used GPS technology to track 15 northern gannets breeding on Les Etacs in North West Alderney to find out about their feeding habits and whether the routes they travelled could be affected by proposed English and French offshore energy developments.
Not dependent on specific feeding sites
The study found that on the whole gannets flew in the same direction and for the same distance but they vary significantly in the amount of time they spend searching for food which suggests that individual gannets do not depend on specific feeding sites.
Louise Soanes, from the
, said: "We
found that the area where the gannets travelled for food overlapped with nine
sites earmarked for offshore marine energy developments which suggests that the
feeding habits of these birds could be affected, as well as the potential for
collision with wind turbine developments. School of Environmental Sciences