Ring a ring a turbine
A pocket full of dosh
Four and twenty dead birds
Worth it for the Rocs
by A Cynic
Despite what the Industry says there have been numerous reports of deaths of Birds of Prey and many other species from wind turbines. From The Altramont Pass in the USA to Navarre in Spain to Smola in Norway, attrition on the bird species has been well documented. The RSPB, Government and Developers simply accept a certain level of destruction and compare it to birds killed by cars and by household cats. Never yet seen my cat come through the catflap with a red kite or a golden eagle! These species are protected by a European Directive that if anyone else flouted the full force of law would descend. A group in Spain, run by Marc Duchamp has been covering this for many years. One link here will surprise you Iberica2000.org . The only recorded death in the Highlands was at Fairburn and was possibly only notified because the Kite was radio tagged. Radio tagging of Golden Eagles has proved that they frequent the proposed Dumnaglass Wind Farm site on a regular basis, as well as the proposed site at Glenfiddich, despite in both cases the paid consultants stating that no Eagles were ever seen there. Ergo:they lie! This is fairly typical of a consultants report to any Environmental Statement. The radio tracks of this Eagle Cullen and the other Eagles that have been tagged as part of this scheme do suggest that these birds cover far greater areas than those such as the Glen Affric/Strathconon SNH Protected Area. It might well suggest that for raptors the whole of the Highland from Perth to Sutherland be declared an Avian National Park. It is a fact of life that the same conditions that attract wind farms, A rising hillside into the prevailing wind also attract raptors who use these conditions to soar in the same way a glider pilot would. It has also been suggested that the attrition of small birds and bats attract the same mamals that the raptors see as a source of food. In other words the wind farm is laying out a dinner table for these birds of prey, whilst their inherent defence mechanisms do not warn them of the danger of turbine blades travelling at 120-15omph. (see Graham Martin’s Raptor Collision Report in Turbine Truths) Going back to the beginning, cars and trucks may kill many birds but how many cars and trucks do we find on our roads doing 120-150mph. Now that would attract the interest of the Police never mind RSPB!
For further information click on Saves the Eagles International
And What does the Renewables Industry have to say? To quote from a statement by the British Wind Energy Association, the original name of Renewables UK:
Wind farm refused in Scotland
Posted on: 21 Jul 2011
RSPB Scotland has welcomes decision to refuse consent for Stacain wind farm in Argyll, whcih would have been a threat to Golden Eagles.
This is the second time that Ministers have refused consent for the 14-turbine wind farm at Stacain, near Inveraray, following a six-year planning process involving two formal public inquiries.
Developer Bagmoor Wind’s proposal would have been located within the Glen Etive and Glen Fyne Special Protection Area (SPA) for Golden Eagles and, if approved, would have posed a significant threat to the birds, due to habitat loss and risk of collision with turbines. There are just over 440 pairs of Golden Eagles left in Scotland, and a 2008 report by SNH found that the conservation status of Scotland’s golden eagle population was unfavourable. The main constraint nationally was identified as illegal killing, but wind farm development was an additional factor in Argyll and in Caithness.
Commenting on the decision, Aedan Smith of RSPB Scotland said: “We are very pleased with Scottish Ministers’ decision. It is the right one for wildlife and renewable energy. This proposal would have caused serious harm to the eagles and to the reputation of wind farms, making it more difficult to deliver the renewable energy we need to tackle climate change.”
“We were particularly pleased to see robust opposition to the proposals from SNH. RSPB Scotland, SNH and the local community have had to invest a major amount of time and money to fight this completely inappropriate proposal for over 6 years. It is enormously frustrating that we needed to do this when our efforts, and those of developers, should be going towards delivering renewables in the right place that do not harm Scotland’s precious wildlife and habitats.”