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Wind farms slaughtering wildlife indiscriminately  

Credit:  Readers' Letters | The Press and Journal | September 7, 2021 | www.pressandjournal.co.uk ~~

Could mankind be any more destructive in its vain attempts to “save the planet”?

Ever more alarming articles inform us about climate change causing an “increase in number of seabirds washing up dead” (Press and Journal, September 3).

At the same time, we are carpeting almost the entire country, plus much of our pristine seascapes with what has been described as the new “apex predator” – hugely destructive, lethal, industrial wind turbines.

The Isle of Man wildlife charity Manx Birdlife has reported a shocking 40% decline in the populations of many species of sea birds around the island’s coast as wind farms overwhelm the Irish Sea.

Herring gulls are down 82%, European shags down 51%, razorbills down 55%. The list goes on, yet barely a mention is made by any environmental body supposed to be protecting our wildlife. They shrug their collective shoulders telling us that cats kill more birds, so presumably we may as well accelerate the slaughter!

What sort of perverted environmental logic is that?

The RSPB has tracked more than 1,000 of Britain’s four most threatened bird species – kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills and shags – and found they feed at certain “hot spots”. Many of these are sandbanks where small fish are found – which happen to be the places ruthless developers find it easier to build offshore wind turbines.

The RSPB vehemently objected to the Firth of Forth offshore wind farms, describing them as “the most damaging wind farms for seabirds anywhere in the world”, adding the proliferation of offshore wind farms could be the “final nail in the coffin” for sea birds.

Yet our blinkered politicians blunder on regardless, few willing to admit that we have got this unnecessary, indiscriminate slaughter of wildlife horribly wrong!

George Herraghty, Lhanbryde, Elgin, Moray.

Source:  Readers' Letters | The Press and Journal | September 7, 2021 | www.pressandjournal.co.uk

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