Could mankind be any more destructive in its vain attempts to “save the planet”?
Ever-more alarming articles inform us about climate change causing the death of seabirds, including today’s Issue of the Day feature by Vicky Allan (“Mystery of the 1,000 dead seabirds”, The Herald, September 30).
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 per cent 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 shag 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 “hotspots”. Many of these are sandbanks where small fish are found, which happen to be the places 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 that the proliferation of offshore wind farms could be the “final nail in the coffin” for seabirds. 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, Elgin.
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