Scottish golden eagle cover up

Quotes from the Press & Journal, Aberdeen Nov. 3rd 2014
Environmentalists and anti-wind-farm campaigners suspect a cover-up over the number of golden eagles killed by wind turbines.

They believe a decision to put back a golden eagle census of bird numbers by two years is an attempt to hide the facts from the public.

Scottish Natural Heritage said there was nothing sinister about the move, and there were practical and official reasons for extending the 10-year gap between censuses from 2003 to 2015.

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“Mark Duchamp, chairman of the World Council for Nature and president of Save the Eagles International, said there was no reason to delay the survey into golden eagle numbers.

“The reason in my opinion, they have something to hide,” he said.

“They don’t want to show the population of golden eagles in Scotland has fallen quite substantially since the windfarms were built.”

Anti-windfarm campaigners throughout the highlands shared the concerns of Spain-based Mr Duchamp.

Scotland Against Spin chairman, Graham Lang, said: “If the news is bad, bury it – which is why the census will not report until next year.”

Anti-windfarm campaigner Lyndsey Ward, from Kiltarlity, said protecting the population of the iconic golden eagles must be of “paramount importance”.

Perhaps officials don’t want to know, or the public to know, what is really happening to the eagle population in Scotland so they can allow this turbine tsunami to continue unabated,” she said.

Mark Duchamp      +34 693 643 736
President, Save the Eagles International
Chairman, World Council for Nature

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