James Delingpole: Who Protects Britain’s Birds from the RSPB?

eagle short-toed

Wind turbine ‘saves’ climate change ‘victim’.


James Delingpole, hot on the hypocrisy trail, pops up a fair and reasonable poser: who protects Britain’s birds from its Royal Society for the Protection of Birds? (BTW: We’ve added a few graphics to help James make his point).

RSPB: We must build more bird-chopping eco cruifixes
James Delingpole
26 May 2016

Britain must build thousands more bat-chomping bird-slicing eco crucifixes in order to stave off “dangerous climate change” says the RSPB.

RSPB stands for Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and, no, this is not The Onion.

Yes, Britain’s oldest and biggest ornithological society really has put out a report demanding the erection of yet more avian Cuisinarts – despite swathes of evidence showing that these monstrosities are responsible for killing many millions of birds around the world every year.

Its rationale:

The way that we currently use energy in the UK is not sustainable. We use too much of it, we use it inefficiently, and our main sources of energy, fossil fuels, are driving us towards dangerous levels of climate change – one of the greatest long-term threats to wildlife.

Beheaded Golden Eagle

Wind turbine ‘saves’ climate change ‘victim’…


In order to save Britain’s wildlife from the alleged threat of climate change, in other words, we’ve got to first got to slice and dice it with the turbine blades that, by some estimates, kill 22 million birds a year.

Britain currently has around 5,000 wind turbines. According to the RSPB, it could do with around 20,000 more. More solar panels too. And wave power. And carbon capture and storage. And herds of organic unicorn to harvest all waste and pollution and magically transform it to special fairy energy which can be sprinkled on the cots of every new born child so as to instil in it a true appreciation of Mother Gaia’s beauty. (I may have invented the last one)

Mysteriously no mention is made of the actual cost of this exercise.

We’re shown a triangle at the beginning which illustrates our ‘energy trilemma’ – Environmental Sustainability; Energy Security; and Affordability.

But that’s the last time affordability gets a look in. To do so would be to ground it in the kind of economic reality that ideological greens like the ones that have infested the RSPB would view in much the same way vampires view garlic and holy water.


Wind turbine ‘saves’ climate change ‘victim’…


I’ve written quite a lot before about the disgraceful relationship between the RSPB and the wind industry. It has made hundreds of thousands of pounds from its partnerships with wind companies such as Scottish and Southern Electricity, whose turbines are known to have killed birds including Hen Harriers – a protected species which regularly features in the RSPB’s handwringing doomsday literature. It has even erected wind turbines on its nature reserves.

Many ordinary members – ones who prefer their birds alive and flying or perched on a tree rather than, say, decapitated at the foot of a wind tower – find this very upsetting. Some have resigned their membership.

But there’s not much they can do because, like its sister eco-fascist organisation the RSPCA, the RSPB’s senior echelons have been hijacked by entryists from the more lunatic end of the environmental movement.

eagle 1

Wind turbine ‘saves’ climate change ‘victim’….


Like the proverbial Japanese soldier on the remote Pacific island who refuses to accept that the Emperor has surrendered, these people are stuck in a mental timewarp, in a universe where “global warming” (which hasn’t happened for 19 years) is still a dire threat and where the renewables industry hasn’t been proved to be an unaffordable fraud which does nothing for the environment except deface it with industrial structures.

Martin Harper, the RSPB’s Conservation Director who commissioned the report is a case in point. He got his Biological Sciences degree not at the University of East Anglia, as you might expect, but from Oxford. This goes to show just how deeply the rot in science academe of set: Oxford appears not to have educated this green junk-science out of him; rather it would appear to have embedded it – and gold plated it with an Oxford BSc.

He claims in the report:

The RSPB prides itself on being an evidence-based organisation.

This is exactly what the RSPB is not. It’s a prisoner of outmoded group think, producing pie-in-the-sky eco-guff which has about as much to do with the reality of wildlife conservation – let alone with preserving the integrity of Britain’s matchlessly beautiful landscape – as Pol Pot did with enhancing Cambodia’s intellectual tradition.

eagle at waterloo

Wind turbine ‘saves’ climate change ‘victim’….


Yet the RSPB – morally, intellectually, and scientifically bankrupt though it is – continues to have the legitimacy of a serious, trustworthy conservation organisation conferred on it thanks to its extremely cosy relationship with the European Union.

As Richard North has previously reported, the RSPB has received millions of pounds over the years from the EU, essentially to act as the EU’s sock puppet.

But one of the biggest single beneficiaries of the EU’s largesse seems to have been the RSPB, of Baroness Young fame. It has pocketed tens of millions of EU cash, most of it directed to Habitat Directive and Natura 2000 projects, which includes the Birds Directive. Between 2007-2012, according to the EU Financial Transparency Database, the RSPB has netted over €14 million.

Since the very early days, though, the RSPB has been a first class passenger on the EU gravy train, in 1994 fronting a €1,000,000 project on the Preparation of action plans for the recovery of globally threatened bird species in Europe.


Wind turbine ‘saves’ climate change ‘victim’…


Typical of its projects is this one where it walked away with a grant of €846,273 – for a total project cost of €1,692,547 – to “raise awareness of the Birds Directive and promote positive land management”, the organisation happily trilling about EU support on its own website.

Trill it might, for this was only a tiny fraction of the EU funding finding its way in its capacious, feather-lined pockets. Currently, it is enjoying the Little Terns projectfunded to tune €3,287,140 with an EU contribution of €1,643,570.

The Saline Lagoons Project previously yielded dividends of a cool €682,419.50 from the EU, in a project worth €1,364,840.52. Whoever else might have been short of money, it was not the RSPB.

On top of that is the Alde-Ore Project where the RSPB along with its partner in crime the National Trust is splitting €533,145 of EU money in a project worth €1,066,290. The RSPB even got its feet under the table on the “Life for the Bourgas Lake” projectin Bulgaria where the lottery winners are sharing €1,775,006, of which €1,331,254 is EU (i.e., our) money.

Then there is the Scottish Machair Project where the EU is funding the RSPB and partners to the tune of €1,367,515 in a project costing €2,735,031. There is also the Salisbury Plain Project where the RSPB is a partner in a scheme worth €3,482,722, with an EU contribution of €1,741,361.

Then there was the happy little project of reintroducing the Great Bustard to Salisbury Plain which netted the RSPB-led project €1,636,631.00 in EU funding, in a scheme costing €2,182,175.00. And there was also the RSPB’s Bittern Project, costing €3,756,072 with an the EU contribution of €1,878,036.

Between January 2009 and December 2012, there was the TaCTICS project: Tackling Climate Change-Related Threats to an Important Coastal SPA in Eastern England. This involved work on the RSPB Titchwell Marsh bird sanctuary in Norfolk, allowing the RSPB to collect €1,004,830 in EU funding, for a project budgeted at €2,009,660.We mustn’t, of course, forget the New Forest Project either, where the RSPB, with other partners, creamed off €3,744,911 of EU money, out of a total budget of €7,488,389 – the balance funded by the likes of Hampshire County Council.

Nor should we forget the Blanket Bog Project in Wales, which raked in €2,824,046 of EU money for the RSPB, with a total of €3,765,394 being spent. Not content with that, the RSPB then got another €2,728,721 from a project costing €4,547,869 forBlanket Bogs in Scotland. That would have gone down really well on the Somerset Levels as a contribution towards dredging costs.

All that must be added to the Wise Use of Wetlands co-ordinated by the RSPB, at a cost of €2,108,110 with the EU paying €1,052,044.Taxpayers will also be delighted to know that the Scilly rat removal project, co-organised by the RSPB, had a total budget of €1,107,871. The EU put in €553,935 of our money. With the Broads Authority, the RSPB also managed to chew their way through €1,047,116.69, of which the EU’s contribution was €491,909, on a project called New Wetland Harvests.

Many commentators (rightly) complain about the cost of our EU payments, whereas defenders claim that we get the bulk of the money back, through EU-funded schemes. But these are the types of schemes being funded, with the RSPB up-front, filling its boots with our money.

It’s a symbiotic relationship. The RSPB gets lots of free money. The EU gets to have its pet projects rubber stamped by a supposedly independent, world-respected conservation body – which also then frequently lobbies the EU to enact more of the environmental legislation that the EU is keen to pass, thus lending the whole exercise a spurious air of popular and independent expert legitimacy.

Of course the RSPB is going to call for more wind farms and solar farms because that’s what the EU wants. But this has nothing to do with the conservation interests of Britain’s birdlife, still less with any sympathy with the British environment generally.

The best thing for Britain’s birdlife would be if the RSPB were to be shut down by the Charities Commission tomorrow.

With ‘friends’ like the RSPB ‘protecting’ birds from catastrophic global warming, our feathered friends can rest easy: they’ll all be long gone, well before the Planet boils in its own juice …

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  1. Crispin Trist says:

    As I have said before on STT, we are harming/killing ‘real’ birds and bats now, on the off chance that we MAY harm them in future!

    Why does the MILLENIUM BUG come to mind?

  2. Jackie Rovensky says:

    Question: Who is monitoring the spending and results of their work? Probably the EU paymaster because they won’t want it known all that money was handed over for no recordable satisfactory result.

    Have they ever received or even asked for any money to assess the damage being rort on the environment, flora, fauna and eco-systems as well as the health of the humans living within the danger zones, after the installation and operation of Wind projects they gave their support to?

    • E Griffiths says:

      The EU doesn’t monitor this environmental disaster EU renewable energy policy is wholly responsible for this fraud.

      To add insult to injury, “environmental” “charities” such as the RSBP kowtow to the EU and want the UK to remain in the EU because they are on the EU gravy train.

      On top of that, the European Union’s finances are corrupt, so don’t expect the EU to monitor how its “grants” are spent. Its accounts have not passed audit for the past twenty years (1994 to 2013).

      Additionally, criticism of the EU is considered to be blasphemous. The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice gave it as his formal opinion in case C274/99P that “Criticism of the EU is akin to blasphemy and could be restricted without violating freedom of speech”.

      Anyone who works at a position of responsibility in the European Union enjoys a life-time’s immunity from prosecution. So they can never be punished for these crimes. And to prove this, in May 2004 the European Parliament voted not to punish those guilty of European corruption.

      For a list of 101 reasons why the UK should leave the EU see:

      For a brief history of the EU (not the official one) read Vernon Coleman’s post:

  3. James Delingpole, right on the button once again. Yet another graphic illustration of why UK citizens should give BREXIT the big tick of approval.

  4. Lyndsey says:

    Great piece STT, thank you. It is like pulling teeth to get this subject considered seriously by the Scottish Government. Their heads are so deeply embedded in the sand alongside their wind industry buddies they cannot hear or see reason. We fight the wind scam everyday and we will win but we all need to ramp it up a gear and make over voices heard with new and imaginative ideas to capture the wider public’s imagination.
    RSPB – Royal Society for the Prevention of Birds.

  5. swan101 says:

    Justification? NONE.

  6. in the US, Audubon has sold out to the wind industry as well. They have “eagle level” donors, mostly wind developers. Follow the money. The biggest threat to all wildlife is habitat loss, but these so-called environmental groups are okay with that now. There’s a lot more money to be made with global warming than habitat loss.

  7. Richard Mallett says:

    I have just sent a message to the RSPB asking them why they support wind turbines when they kill birds and bats, when their construction fells trees and destroys natural habitats, and which still require power stations to provide electricity when the wind doesn’t blow, or it blows too hard.

  8. E Griffiths says:

    We cancelled all our subscriptions to UK “environmental” charities as soon as we learned they were receiving affiliate commissions for the “GREEN” … oops – GREED energy gravy train. We have no plans to rejoin any of tho.se organisations.

    James Delingpole’s article, with STT’s elaborations, eloquently demonstrate why the “environmental” groups are pushing for people to remain in the EU (European Union) – on the climate and ecology issues – in the looming In/Out referendum vote on 23 June. There are many UK citizens, disgruntled with the undemocratic EU gravy train, who have not been conned by the govt fear mongering to stay in the EU.

  9. E Griffiths says:

    Find out how RSPB also monitored the CONstruction on the upland plateau of Cefn Croes in Mid Wales in 2004-05.


    Throughout 2004, as the infrastructure of the wind power station was put in place, Cefn Croes was subjected to a relentless campaign of damage and destruction.

    Prior to this, and during the development period, hundreds of thousands of trees – many of them premature crops – had been felled. From February 2004, up to 25 huge excavators, earthmovers, “peckers”, rock-grinders, and other heavy plant machinery were on site, as new access roads were made, existing forestry tracks widened, gradients levelled, drainage channels dug, huge foundations excavated, peat bogs ripped up, and new “borrow pits” (quarries) opened up to gain roadstone and aggregate. The base sections of the turbine towers were set in steel-reinforced concrete, ready for the turbine towers – imported from General Electric’s factory in Northern Germany. The thousands of tons of concrete were made on-site in a plant which was not part of the original planning application.

    Numerous planning conditions were violated:
    – Water abstraction from the river Wye, in advance of planning permission
    – Working on site outside permitted hours
    – Unpermitted use of forest roads by construction HGVs
    – Variations in width and route of the access roads
    – Increase in size of foundation bases and “landing pads” (for giant cranes)
    – Disruption of watercourses
    – Ripping up rare habitat – upland peat bogs and mire
    – Tree-felling during the bird breeding season

    Who is to blame?
    All the “stakeholders” who acquiesced in (decided not to object to) the proposals, and those who positively supported the plans:
    – The Forestry Commission (now active partners in the enterprise, and major financial beneficiaries)
    – The Countryside Council for Wales (CCW)
    – The Environment Agency (EA)
    – The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
    – Archaeological bodies
    – ADAS Pwllpeiran – which continued to pick up publicly-funded grants for landscape enhancement schemes encompassing the Cefn Croes plateau
    – The National Assembly for Wales – whose politicians in South Wales have succumbed to intense lobbying from the wind industry (i.e. the British Wind Energy Association), Plaid Cymru (whose ex-chairman Dafydd Huws is a developer and owner of wind farms) and Friends of the Earth Cymru (who have the cheek to call themselves “green”).
    – The developers: RDC, West Coast Energy, General Electric Energy, Falck Renewables – for their lies and “miscalculations” in the Environmental Impact Assessment.

    Who monitored what went on, and DID ANYBODY CARE?
    – The Forestry Commission certainly didn’t: delays “adversely affected their cashflow” – as landowners they got nothing until the electricity started flowing.
    – CCW toed the National Assembly for Wales line. They were embarrassed by Cefn Croes but did not monitor what was done.
    – RSPB says it didn’t have enough money to watch events unfold.
    – ADAS is upset about depradations to the land it leases – a bit late now!

    More photos of Cefn Croes can be found at:

  10. Amazes me they have any members left. They withdrew one objection to a windfarm while admitting it would probably kill 5 golden eagles over its lifetime. It’s all about money.

    • Jail is too good for these organizations, they all need to be put up against a wall for wasting trillions of public money on the fraud of AGW to line their own pockets.

  11. You may not believe this but the RSPB claimed for a grant for a pair of binoculars from the Scottish Government and got it. You would have thought that with all the EU squillions they would not need to claim for a pair of bins! That just proves how corrupted by the gravy train they have become.

  12. Reblogged this on windfarmaction and commented:
    A forthright and well deserved attack on the RSPB

  13. Great piece by James Delingpole.

    Who protects the protected? Just recently we’ve had an incident of an osprey – a beautiful protected bird bred at the RSPB Nature Reserve in the Boat of Garten in the Scottish Highlands, which travels for miles in search of fish – so severely injured that it had to be put down, almost certainly as a result of a collision with a turbine at the Moy wind farm.

    Local campaigners knew that the osprey visited and warned, loud and clear. This is what the Reporter said in allowing the wind farm:

    ‘I place much weight on the views of SNH (that’s Scottish Natural Heritage) in terms of both ecology and ornithology and also recognise that RSPB plays a significant role in ornithological matters. Despite the concern of many of the third parties, I conclude that, subject to conditions, the development would not have an unacceptable impact on natural heritage.’

    There are other locations in the Highlands where osprey regularly fish and which are the subject of applications for wind farms – we’re thinking the historic Lochindorb and Cnoc an Eas, in particular.

    The latter was turned down by the Highland Council and everyone is telling the organ grinder EDF and their monkey Force 9 Energy to go home and don’t bother appealing to the Scottish Government.

    The Secretary of the campaign group Stop Turbines at Glenurquhart (STAG) recently took a video of the osprey fishing at Loch Meiklie, 2 km from the proposed site.

    Oh, in case anyone was wondering, the RSPB did not object to the application!

  14. Quentin says:

    RSPB’s hypocrisy is sickening. Brazen. Just as it’s been for 15 years.

  15. Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    RSPB are more dialled into global warming ideology than our feathered friends. Sad but true.

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