The potential health impact on people living near wind turbines is a contested issue. This report analyses UK and international academic literature published in the last four years on the effects of wind turbines on human health.

The literature reviewed includes, amongst others, studies on noise, sleep disturbance, motion sickness-like symptoms and impacts of shadow flicker. It also looks at the strategies to reduce negative health effects, mostly from noise, used in different countries and the thresholds for noise and distance used.

The Scottish Government specified some of the literature reviewed. The University of Salford, who carried out the desk based analysis, also added other peer reviewed studies and publications.

Please use the links on the right to read comments we have received on the report and a follow-up reply from the authors.