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A review of the potential effects of recreational wind-powered craft on coastal habitats and wildlife

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posted on 2023-07-31, 06:29 authored by RM Brooker, Paul Carnell, JB Pocklington, MJ Antos, Mike WestonMike Weston
Wind-powered recreational (WPR) activities are increasingly popular and occur in many areas of high conservation value. Possible impacts are poorly understood; existing reviews do not generally include recent widespread forms of WPR or have narrow taxonomic/ecological scopes. We identify the coastal ecosystems/wildlife that may interact with WPR and potential impacts: a) noise, movement and other stimuli, b) direct contact, c) disruption of substrates, and d) transport of pests. Almost all available evidence on impacts involves coastal birdlife, specifically their escape responses. Most studies are a) non-peer reviewed, largely anecdotal or otherwise limited in scope and b) from temperate locations. Sustainable use of WPR craft is required despite the prevailing information gaps. We suggest a precautionary, proactive approach which likely requires a combination of site-based management, plus policy and education initiatives.

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Journal

Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

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ahead-of-print

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1-25

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0964-0568

eISSN

1360-0559

Language

en

Issue

ahead-of-print

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

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