Wind farms in agricultural areas will not scare farmland birds away, said a study from Newcastle University.

The government plans to build wind farms on England’s central and eastern lowland farmland, but has faced opposition from wildlife groups.

According to the study, though, small birds still move and feed around the noisy, 100-metre high turbines. Only large birds, like pheasants, avoid them. The study recorded 3000 birds from 33 species around two Fens wind farms.

Wind farms will provide the majority of power needed to fulfil the EU target of providing 20% of our energy from renewable sources by 2020.