Killer-App: Offshore Wind Turbines Wiping Out Entire Bird Species

While Greta frets about global incineration and mass extinctions, the wind industry is doing a very fine job of extinguishing millions of birds and bats, every year. Indeed, entire species are under threat, including Europe’s Red Kite and Tasmania’s Wedge Tailed Eagle.

More generally, there’s a wave of avian carnage wherever the wind industry plies it subsidy-soaked trade; and offshore is no exception.

As Jason Endfield details below, the offshore wind industry is exacting a phenomenal toll on a whole range of seabirds in the waters surrounding Britain.

Isle Of Man Seabird Populations Plummet As Wind Farms Overwhelm The Irish Sea
Jason Endfield Blog
Jason Endfield
21 June 2019

Herring Gulls are down 82%, European Shag down 51%, Razorbills down 55%. The list goes on….

* The world’s biggest offshore wind farm is just a few miles away.
* Isn’t there a conspicuous connection?

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.

The worrying figures emerged following a comprehensive census that took place over two years. Whatever the reason for the sharp decline of the birds, it illustrates that something has gone very wrong.

I’ve noted with interest that this unprecedented drop in populations, of several of the island’s maritime species, coincides with the proliferation of wind farms in the Irish Sea – something which has worried me during the past few years, as I have witnessed the frenzied development of the wind industry in the waters off the western coasts of England and Wales.

World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm just a few miles away….
We know that offshore turbines kill birds and bats, though it is almost impossible to estimate the number of casualties because there are no retrievable carcasses to count at sea….

It is also highly likely that wind farms adversely affect many marine mammals.

The world’s largest offshore wind farm is now in operation off the Cumbrian coast at Walney, just 40 miles or so from the Isle of Man, and, with the news that nearby bird populations are in free-fall, we must seriously ask whether the huge turbines might be killing more birds than we ever anticipated.

The Isle of Man study was, ironically, partly supported by the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm Project. How paradoxical would it be to find that the project itself, with its giant 640 feet turbines, was responsible for the plummeting numbers of sea birds.

The report is full of depressing statistics. Herring Gulls are down 82%, European Shag down 51%, Razorbills down 55%. The list goes on.

Marine Protected Areas “may not necessarily be major barrier to new projects…”
I’ve been increasingly concerned at the feverish pace of industrial offshore wind farm development in this country and especially in the Irish Sea. Such a high density of turbines in a confined area – an area renowned for its wildlife – has been watched with dismay by many environmentalists, especially since large parts of the sea have been designated Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s), supposedly limiting the scale of industrial development in precious areas that provide important habitat for so many species.

Alas, development has been allowed in vast parts of the sea that fall just outside the protected zones – and there have even been hints that the MPA’s themselves may not be off limit for future wind farm expansion. Last year, a report carried out for the Welsh government suggested that “this protection may not necessarily be a major barrier to new projects” – which sounds shockingly irresponsible to me.

Isle of Man plans might seriously threaten birds’ survival
Though the Isle Of Man currently has none of its own offshore wind farms, their government is reportedly close to approving industrial wind development off the island’s coast as early as next year. Such plans might seriously threaten the survival of species already struggling to cope with the industrialisation of their habitat.

Wind energy companies might flaunt their green ideologies for all to see – but their industry nevertheless hides a grim reality. Their ‘green’ energy kills wildlife.

Money Vs Wildlife…
Speaking about the alarming drop in bird populations, managing director of Manx Birdlife, Neil Morris, suggested that “there are a number of causes for these declines and the solutions, such as protecting nesting sites, restoring food chains and mitigating climate change, will be challenging.”

It will be interesting to see whether more research will be carried out into just how many birds are being killed by the Irish Sea wind farms. My hunch is that many people would rather keep that information under their hats. So much money invested in offshore wind means that bad publicity would be very unwelcome and it is common for critics of the industry to be ridiculed.

​It seems likely that vast swathes of our coastal seas are likely to be further industrialised by the wind giants – even if it is at the expense of wildlife.
Jason Endfield

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We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.

Comments

  1. Jim Wiegand - Wildlife Biologist says:

    And we think the Iranians are bad. America also has it’s monsters running lose.

    Offshore structures attract fish because of the cover. This in turn attracts birds that hunt them like these dead pelicans. Birds are also no match for massive turbine blades with 200-300 mph tip speeds. All this has been known for decades.

    The job of being a wildlife biologist today, means facts like these are hidden. Working for the USFWS, state game agencies or being hired as an independent environmental consultant for the wind industry, means you have to sell your soul and sell out future generations. It’s turned into a job much more disgraceful than even being a lawyer. In fact in my mind, it’s at the top of the list of most hated professions

  2. Jacqueline Rovensky says:

    The Wind Turbine industry will never accept they are slaughtering anything – they are the protected specie not avian or even land-based creatures are held to such high esteem as these Turbine monsters. They can be installed anywhere as long as it isn’t in the back yards of those who bow to these turning screeching vibrating ‘gods’.
    Here in Australia and people across the world have been warning of the dangers – not only from offshore ones but those onshore as well.
    Here there is a champion of the Brolga who has been fighting to stop their decimation in Victoria. Unfortunately he lost a recent court case he undertook to stop this nightmare. But he has not given up hope as he continues to work towards educating not only the locals, but the legal fraternity as well – as they are the ones who need to have their eyes opened to the dangers of these monsters swirling around killing anything that dares to try to pass their flaying blades.
    People can read about his work here on STT.
    While I do not normally pass on gofundme sites this one I believe is one that deserves support so am happy to ‘recommend’ it.
    Anything that opens the eyes of people to the plight of our avian creatures and how their environment is being turned into chopping ‘boards’, as well as bring to account those who use any ‘cheap card trick’, and inaccurate tactics to further their cause is worth supporting. One win will send a message and make it easier for others. We have seen how in a few places raptors are now being saved from certain early death – lets keep the motivation high and keep pushing back against the demise of these beautiful flying free creatures. They never look happy or content behind cages with bars.
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-brolgas-and-humans-from-poor-planning-in-vic

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