It is a topic that has come to the fore in recent weeks.
A study in the journal Nature Climate Change found that the number of wind turbines in England had increased from the year 2000 to the year 2020, from 8.4GW to 14.7GW.
While the study’s author, Dr John Lacey from the University of Sussex, said there was not enough information to predict exactly how many turbines would be needed to meet the needs of the future, he said the findings were “really worrying”.
Dr Lacey, who was also involved in the UK government’s decision to ban all offshore wind farms in 2022, said the increase in the number “was alarming”.
Dr Sarah Maughan, who runs the Climate Change and Wind Energy Unit at the University’s Earth Institute, said she had been concerned about the impact of wind farm construction and pollution on plant and plant-life in the countryside for some time.
“We are already seeing a trend of plant and animal deaths due to wind turbines,” she said.
“This has been a problem for many years and the government has been really slow to recognise it.”
We need to be really vigilant to take the lead in designing these types of developments, and the fact that they are already happening has been very worrying.
“It seems that the government really hasn’t been thinking about the fact these are not only destroying these types [of plants] but also the water they are going to destroy.”
Dr Maugha said it was important that the UK authorities did not “let this [threat] happen to us”.
I think the government needs to take a hard look at how they are managing the development of wind farms and ensure that we get as many of these as we can and then they can move on.”