Birds of prey 'attracted to offshore wind turbines'

Reports that scientists have found that birds of prey 'such as harriers, falcons and sparrowhawks face a serious risk of crashing into offshore wind turbines as they migrate over water' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

A study by Aarhus University in Denmark found that raptors "appear to be attracted to the structures by a sort of ‘island effect’", the Times (subscription) reports. The paper says that this "may be because they are reluctant to cross the open seas and look for help with navigating". The "sweep of the turbine blades, which can reach as high as 220m (722ft) at sea, also tends to overlap with the altitudes at which most raptors fly over water", the paper adds.

Surveyors have predicted that UK house price growth "will slow in 2017 but the legacy of insufficient housebuilding will mean that demand will outstrip supply and lead to a 3% rise over the year", the Guardian reports. The paper says that, although the prediction is the "most bullish housing market forecast for the new year released so far, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said it expected growth to be about half that in 2016".

Neighbourhood groups "representing thousands of West End residents have written to transport bosses warning that their lives will be blighted by ‘enormous’ increases in congestion and pollution if plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street go ahead", the Evening Standard reports. The letter from the West End Community Network was sent to Transport for London as part of its consultation on London mayor Sadiq Khan’s proposals. 

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