“It is not green. It chops up birds. It destroys landscapes.”
David Bellamy, Professor and Environmentalist
Simple common sense dictates that three 40 metre blades whirling around at speeds of up to 150 mph will kill aerial wildlife. The YouTube link below shows clearly how a bird of prey can be killed by a wind turbine. Please do not click on the link if you are likely to find this too upsetting.
The excuse given by windfarm developers for killing bats and birds is that climate change will kill more of them than turbines will, but as Dr Etherington (in The Wind Farm Scam”) has said “it is now clear that the reduction in global carbon from installing wind turbines is infinitesimal, about 0.0004%. It is certain that there is absolutely no chance that this insignificant carbon reduction will influence global climate.”
Yet this global warming excuse for killing wildlife is still played out by windfarm developers in planning meetings throughout the UK. Dr Etherington continues, “the installation of these landscape-destroying follies continues to march ahead pointlessly simply because the government has promised the EU that it will reach a target and the green lobby are happy that we are making a futile gesture. Meeting a pointless target and making a meaningless gesture is nowhere near a good enough justification for the destruction of our most precious and unique British landscape.”
Wind farms and wind turbines: A Position Statement from BCT (Bat Conservation Trust)
The BCT supports the development of sustainable energy but, in line with the Eurobats resolutions, stresses that it is imperative that the possible harmful effects on bats and other wildlife (both direct and indirect) are taken into account before deciding on the siting of wind turbines, large and small.
Bats are at risk from wind turbines, researchers have found, because the rotating blades produce a change in air pressure that can kill the mammals.
Scientists examined bats found dead at a wind farms, and concluded that most had internal injuries consistent with sudden loss of air pressure. Bats use echo-location to avoid hitting the blades but cannot detect the sharp pressure changes around the turbine. Examinations showed that fewer than half had external injuries that could have been caused by collision, but about 90% had internal haemorrhaging, most notably in the chest cavity, a condition that puts pressure on the lung and can be fatal.
Bat deaths around wind farms have been widely documented across Europe and North America and EU nations have formally agreed to make developers aware of the risks and find ways of monitoring bat migration routes.
Earlier this year, a bid to build a wind farm near Bideford in north Devon was turned down because of the potential impact on the mammals.