I have always taken a fairly balanced view of the attrition of wind turbines against wild life as I tend to like to see proof with my own eyes. Despite being surrounded by pylons and on a migration route for geese, I have only once seen one brought down, although the incidents of power outages suggests that many more occur. However maybe not the quoted figures of thousands per year. I am however aware that the numbers of Red Kite have dramatically decreased since the wind farms in our area have been built and we have proof in only one case of a radio tagged kite being killed at Fairburn. How many untagged Kites and Eagles fall prey? If I killed a protected bird of prey or bat I would rightly have my collar felt, no doubt at the instigation and with the support of the RSPB, but should a number of such avian species fall prey to a turbine, no such action would be taken. The view is that Climate Change will have more of an impact than wind farms. That turbines have no impact on Climate Change is what one could call an Inconvenient Truth. There is, however, a very good article in the Spectator that I commend to you. The truth is that if you cover an area with hundreds, nae thousands of turbines whose blade tips travel at some 200mph, you will have substantial casualties. Does the means justify the end? I, personally, would suggest not and from the comments at the end of the article I am not alone in that.
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