RSPB Energy Partnership with Scottish & Southern Energy to Close

The RSPB have just announced they are closing down their Energy scheme which is a partnership with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) from 31st March. The RSPB have provided the following reason for this about turn – It is essential that new wind farms and other renewable energy schemes are located away from important wildlife sites. This is a core principle that guides our work. We have worked with SSE throughout the relationship to ensure that developments they propose avoid damage to these special places.

Perhaps the real reason why the RSPB have decided to jump ship is because they are now aware a number of Scottish landowners have removed resident eagles from their estates just to enable wind farm planning applications to succeed. The Dunmaglass wind farm scheme is just one example of where eagles may have been removed just to ensure wind farm planning applications are successful.

Sigrid Rausing , the owner of Coignafearn estate in the Monadhliath mountains, has accused Scottish lairds and their gamekeepers of killing golden eagles in Scotland because they believe it is a “victimless crime”.  She also said “wandering eagles”  had been relentlessly persecuted in the Highlands.

Sigrid Rausing the daughter of Hans Rausing, the Swedish billionaire whose father built the Tetra Pak packaging empire, is also concerned about the controversial £100 million, 33-turbine project on the neighbouring Dunmaglass estate which was approved by ministers last year despite widespread opposition, which she feels will spoil one of Britain’s wildest landscapes and pose a physical threat to raptors.

Read what Christopher Booker recently had to say on this very subject some weeks ago in the Daily telegraph.

The full story was also published on Raptor Politics at:  http://raptorpolitics.org.uk/?p=3975

The complete RSPB story can be found here:

Wind turbines: ‘Eco-friendly’ – but not to eagles says Christopher Booker below:

A feature of these supposedly environment-friendly machines says Booker ” is their devastating effect on wildlife, notably on large birds of prey, such as eagles and red kites. Particularly disturbing is the extent to which the disaster has been downplayed by professional bodies, such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Britain and the Audubon Society in the US, which should be at the forefront of exposing this outrage, but which have often been drawn into a conflict of interest by the large sums of money they derive from the wind industry itself”

Read what Mr. Booker has to say by following the attached link.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/7437040/Eco-friendly-but-not-to-eagles.html

5 comments to RSPB Energy Partnership with Scottish & Southern Energy to Close

  • John Miles

    Subsidies are being cut all across Europe for these monsters so hopefully it will come to Britain soon to stop the ‘rush for gold’!!

  • nirofo

    I find it hard to believe that the RSPB has only just dicovered that landowners are removing Eagles, (and other Raptors)in order to to allow windfarm planning applications to succeed. In the North of Scotland this has been happening for years, the RSPB do know it is happening because it has been reported and discussed at several Raptor Study Group meetings over several years, but still nothing was done to prevent it happening.

    nirofo.

  • I have been visiting the Coignafearn area, and what a beautiful area it is,for the past 20 years on holiday and during the early years Golden Eagles were the highlight every year of my trip and it was possible to see up to four of these magnificent raptors, sometimes more, on one’s daily visit. The area also attracted many UK birder’s to see these birds as well – it was a superb area for viewing these raptors and also Red Deer.

    The hills beyond, towards Dunmaglass, abounded with Hen Harriers, SEO’s, Buzzards, Kestrels and even Osprey’s nested in the Glen. In recent years you will be extremely lucky to see a raptor of any description due to the sanitising of the moorland and surrounding hills by the resident gamekeepers. Prior to Ms. Rausing taking over the Coignafearn Est. I was friendly with the manager who used to visit where I stayed for a friendly drink and he invited me to travel further into Coignafearn when I desired. Now the birds have almost all gone and have been replaced by monstrous wind turbines with more to come very soon. This will now turn the area from beautiful to hideous and I can completely sympathise with Ms. Rausing on the loss of her Eagles.

    The people on these unsympathetic estates seem to forget the the Golden Eagle is Scotland’s national bird and it is their loss when it disappears completely from hills that they have frequented for hundred’s of years.The RSPB must therefore be living under the sea with their heads buried on the ocean floor if they do not know what is happening to Golden Eagles in Scotland.

  • AlanHarper

    I have nothing to gain from my comments as an outsider.?
    So, we have the naivety of thinking that the RSPB has a responsibility to raptors.?
    If you think that the RSPB takes that seriously then consider the following.
    ?In 2000, RSPB formed RSPB Energy with Scottish and Southern Energy. I, although not a subscriber, and several of my qualified colleagues have written to RSPB about this over the years because it has meant that RSPB has been UNABLE to stand up for raptors in many of the wind power station schemes of Wales, Cumbria, Scotland and the Scottish Isles. You cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds; the RSPB has allowed many schemes to be progressed without a murmur and has to carry much responsibility for the deliberate avian culling caused by wind turbines. If the RSPB had been so driven for the avian life of the British Isles, why has it not surveyed the grounds under wind turbines rather than allowing natural predators to remove the evidence? Where are these surveys archived?
    ?I know several friends who have stopped subscriptions to RSPB. Would that explain why RSPB is now so keen to end its financial “renewables” money-raising scheme with Scottish and Southern Energy?
    ?Loss of income is a great mover but can we ever trust RSPB again or National England with all its spin?

  • paul williams

    When the wind farm builders have managed to destroy Scotland’s wild habitats and have seen off the last golden eagle, what I wonder will they do to entice tourism?