The British Antarctic Survey
(BAS) operates the research station 'Rothera' on Adelaide Island in Antarctica. This station is located in the Important Bird Area of Ryder Bay
, which is designated for the large numbers of breeding pairs
of the Antarctic South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Cormorant.
BAS has the obligation to keep its impact on the ecosystem as low as possible. One way of doing this is to use solar panels and medium-sized wind turbines to generate sustainable energy. An earlier study by Waardenburg Ecology showed that significant negative consequences from the wind turbines on local bird life could not be ruled out. Waardenburg Ecology is now conducting field research to gather basic knowledge for a proper assessment of the effects of these structures on birds.