Special Species Conservation at Offshore Wind Farms

As part of the plan approval procedure for the offshore wind farms “Baltic Eagle” and “Ostseeschatz”, OECOS GmbH performed a species conservation analysis on the prohibitions of Article 44 BNatschG for both projects in 2012. The species to be investigated were selected on the basis of the two-year base recordings according to the standard investigation concept (StUK 3) of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH). It was examined if the prohibition of killing or injuring animal species would be violated by noise or by a significantly increased risk of collision with wind turbines.