Bird ca­su­alty mon­i­tor­ing is not be­fore time

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – Let me thank the Scot­tish Game­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion for call­ing for bird ca­su­al­ties around wind tur­bines to be mon­i­tored (The Courier, November 13).

It’s not be­fore time a study of this kind was ini­ti­ated in Scot­land.

How­ever, as the game­keep­ers and other es­tate work­ers of­ten work in close prox­im­ity to many of the sites of these ma­chines, I am sur­prised that they had not al­ready be­gun this type of ac­tiv­ity, given the con­tro­ver­sial cir­cum­stances they labour un­der.

Alex Hogg, chair­man of the SGA, of­fered that his mem­bers have wit­nessed dead raptors both un­der­neath and within 200 yards of the tur­bines.

Given the per­sis­tent ac­cu­sa­tions of per­se­cu­tion by game­keep­ers in re­gard to raptors, I would have thought that these birds might have been re­trieved and sent for sci­en­tific ex­am­i­na­tion to de­ter­mine the cause of death. This would ap­pear to have been the next log­i­cal step.

This might have dis­persed some, if not all, of the cloud of sus­pi­cion which lingers around their ac­tiv­i­ties in that area. Ge­orge Mur­doch. 4 Auch­cairnie Cot­tages, Lau­rencekirk.

How many birds are killed by strikes with wind tur­bines?

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