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Red-Throated Diver Energetics Project – 2020 Field Season Report 2020

Marine Pressures Seabird Surveys Renewables - Wind 0963-8091 Birds Birds and the environment JNCC report series Monitoring Seabirds Surveillance and Monitoring UK Species 673

Abstract

Whilst renewable energy is a vital contributor in mitigating the effects of climate change by reducing global carbon emissions, the impacts of large-scale deployment of offshore wind on marine wildlife remains unclear. Red-throated divers are sensitive to disturbance caused by offshore wind farms, which leads to displacement from their foraging areas.

This report details the third field season of the Red-throated Diver Energetics Project. During 2018–2020, archival geolocator (GLS) and time depth recorder (TDR) tags were deployed and retrieved from red-throated divers breeding in Scotland, Finland and Iceland to quantify foraging behaviour and approximate non-breeding season locations.

This empirical data will provide insight into the time divers spend foraging, thus providing insight into whether divers potentially have capacity to accommodate displacement effects of offshore wind development.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2020·12·14

Citation
Thompson, D.L., O’Brien, S., Ruffino, L., Johnson, L., Lehikoinen, P., Okill, D., Petersen, A., Petersen, I.K., Väisänen, R., Williams, J. & Williams, S. 2020. Red-Throated Diver Energetics Project – 2020 Field Season Report. JNCC Report No. 673, JNCC Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

Lineage
This report details the third field season of the Red-throated Diver Energetics Project.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·12·15

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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