Fly­ing close to the wind

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

HERE in Lang­side, we saw the most swal­lows and house martins some 15 years ago—prob­a­bly 40 or 50 pairs. Since then, there has been a grad­ual de­cline— last year, there were about six and, this year, only two or three (Coun­try Mouse and Letters, June 7). The link be­tween drop­ping swal­low num­bers and the in­crease in on­shore wind tur­bines seems clear, es­pe­cially as the heat gen­er­ated at­tracts the in­sects upon which the swal­lows feed.

Our own 11Kw wind tur­bine reg­u­larly killed or maimed seag­ulls and other large birds—one par­tic­u­lar in­ci­dent has se­ri­ously dam­aged the blade and we will not be restart­ing it. How aw­ful that we pur­sue an un­re­li­able re­new­ableen­ergy pol­icy to the detri­ment of one of the icons of the Bri­tish sum­mer. Alas­tair Macmil­lan, Ren­frew­shire

INOTED with in­ter­est the let­ter from Dr Arthur E. Smith and I am de­lighted to con­firm that swal­lows have not de­parted our shores, but merely moved to the warmer, sun­nier climes of Nor­folk—they are here in abun­dance. Can you blame them? He­len Robin­son, Nor­folk

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