Ørsted is minimizing the impact of wind power on birds
The number of birds impacted by offshore wind turbines may already be small, but Ørsted is committed to ensuring activities related to the further development of offshore wind pose as small a threat to birds as possible.
Before any projects are constructed, environmental impact assessments are conducted. Among other things, this investigates the possible effect a project may have on biodiversity, including all birdlife. This assessment is submitted to the relevant planning and regulatory authorities, like the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and where feasible, action is taken to mitigate predicted impacts as much as possible.
Continued monitoring takes place throughout the operational life of the wind farm for any impacts to the avian population. On existing projects, this has included carrying out studies to understand the movement of birds in and around turbine structures. On Ocean Wind 1 specifically, a research project has been developed and funded to track Red Knots, a migratory shorebird, with GPS devices to provide information on the offshore movements of the species.