SGA: “The Ukip of the natural world”

Jim CrumleyThere’s an interesting piece in today’s Courier written by Jim Crumley, discussing the number of raptors killed by wind turbine collision versus illegal persecution (see here for earlier blog post on this issue).

Crumley is no fan of wind farms, but is even less enamoured with the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association, who he describes as “The Ukip of the natural world, and with whom I agree about almost nothing at all“.

Read the Courier article here

Visit Jim Crumley’s personal website here


11 Responses to “SGA: “The Ukip of the natural world””

  1. November 4, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    There are plans forming for a windfarm on a Hen Harrier winter roost site in the scottish borders area. The persecution is increasing.

  2. 2 crypticmirror
    November 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    The problem with wind turbines is they are coloured to blend in, so by the time birds see them it is too late and they are in amongst them. We need to start making those blades a lot more obvious, with colours and patterns on them. They’d look less dull and boring to humans too. Opponents like to compare them to being hit by a racing car, but really it isn’t a case of getting them to avoid the speeding car; it is about keeping them off the track in the first place.

    • 3 nirofo
      November 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      I don’t know where you get the idea that wind turbines are coloured to blend in, all the ones in my area, (and there are more here than almost anywhere else in the UK), stand out like sore thumbs to be easily seen for miles around. The birds can see them in daylight alright, the problem is they can’t anticipate the speed at which the rotating blades are travelling, at night time they stand no chance at all. The best way to make sure that the birds are not harmed on the track as you put it, is to not build the windfarms on the track in the first place.

      Regardless of what the windfarm companies would have you believe, even after numerous and costly to the public purse so-called environmental survey’s, many of which are not worth the paper they are written on, a large number of windfarms are sited in areas that are on regular flight paths, hunting territories, breeding areas etc, and should never have been allowed to have gone beyond the original application submission.

      • 4 crypticmirror
        November 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm

        The off-white colour selected is specifically to blend and fade into skyscapes. The fact that so many nimbys complain about them anyway just shows that policy ought to be abandoned. The rest of your comment, that is just wheeling out the “can’t see the race car” argument, which I already addressed.

        • 5 nirofo
          November 4, 2014 at 5:39 pm

          If the race car as you put it wasn’t coming at them at speed in the first place then they wouldn’t have to avoid it. I agree, the rotating blades at least should be painted in a colour or pattern which makes them more visible to the birds, unfortunately the fact is that very many of these windfarms are located in areas where there is always going to be the prospect of bird collisions regardless of the colour scheme and they should never have been built there.

          Whoever selected the “off white” colour to blend in with the skyscapes didn’t do a very good job, they can be seen for miles against any background !!!

  3. 6 Tony Warburton MBE
    November 4, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Nirofo is right. Have you driven through the Southern Uplands on the A701, or on the M 74 lately? Blending in with the skyscapes? I don’t think so!

  4. 7 Mark Rasbeary
    November 4, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I don’t wish to become entangled in the Wind turbine debate, as it detracts from the real issues regarding our Raptor populations.
    Suffice to say, having lived amongst hundreds of Turbines In Andalucia, I still managed to observe various types of Raptor, including Montague quartering over Olive Groves, amongst the turbines.
    Give me Turbines any day over Grouse Moors.

  5. 8 Jimmy
    November 4, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Wind power is a Con that has done little to reduce emmissions in the EU. Wind turbines do kill and displace raptors and should not be supported by so called “green groups”

  6. November 4, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    We won’t be accepting any more comments on the merits, or otherwise, of wind turbines. It’s off topic.

  7. 10 Marco McGinty
    November 5, 2014 at 1:13 am

    I think Jim is being a tad kind to the SGA, as I would classify as being far nearer the far-right extremist British Nationalist movement – the eradication of predators carried out by the SGA is far closer to the ethnic cleansing proposed by the pro-union National Front, for example.

    As for green energy, I would much prefer to see more investment in solar power, making it affordable for all, with the majority of houses having a minimum of one solar panel.

  8. November 6, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Good to see this article in the Courier..which has not always been the most raptor friendly [while being distinctly SGA friendly] newspaper in the country…and I agree with the comment above about wind farms being a distraction from the straightforward persecution debate…to move attention away from the far bigger problem is exactly what the persecutors want..dont fall for it…

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