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Extinction Rebellion Have Trouble Counting

April 15, 2019

By Paul Homewood


The far left Extinction Rebellion rabble, who are planning to block London’s streets tomorrow, give training courses for followers, as shown on this video:




At 21 mins in, they present this slide, which makes extraordinary claims about puffins:




The Truth?

Well, far from it.

In reality, puffins are thriving as never before off the Pembrokeshire coast:


IN THE LAST few days over 7,500 Puffins have arrived at Skokholm and over 5,000 on Skomer, the highest number in March since the 1950’s.

It is the earliest landing date for the birds since records began 90 years ago.

The Puffins were joined by other arrivals, including thousands of alcids.

The Skokholm Island Facebook page said: “The Puffins came in with a bang yesterday, so we walked the whole coastline and counted them.

“A mighty 7447 were rafting just below the cliffs; an amazing count and the highest March count ever!

“They also made first landfall-the earliest date they’ve dared to brave our shores in 90 years of recording.”

With Skomer island also confirming the early arrival of the birds on their Facebook page.

A spokesperson for The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) who manages the islands have confirmed that at last count yesterday (Tuesday, 19 March) there were “Over 7,500 at Skokholm and over 5,000 at Skomer”.

“This is the earliest they have landed in 90 years. In peak season we expect around 8,000 at a time so these numbers are proving very exciting for this years arrivals. The highest figures we’ve had over the islands is 30,000.”

Skokholm Island also said that it was the highest March count of the seabirds since the 1950s.


Indeed, puffin numbers have been increasing in leaps and bounds in the last decade despite global warming.

Puffin Numbers on Skomer Island


And at the other end of the country on the Farne Islands, puffin numbers remain stable, with a count last year of 44000 pairs:



Final results from the 2018 survey, which involved checking a proportion of burrows on eight of the islands, reveal there are around 44,000 pairs, up 9% on the last count conducted in 2013.


But hey, what’s 88000 puffins, when you’ve got a rebellion to lead?

  1. April 15, 2019 11:14 am

    “Over consumption especially by the rich” shows you their true colours. I doubt the consumption by the world’s top 1% amounts to much in the great scheme of things. Alternatively they must have a very all encompassing definition of what constitutes “rich”

    • DICK R permalink
      April 18, 2019 8:45 am

      It’s great being rich, you should try it sometime you impoverished oik!

  2. HotScot permalink
    April 15, 2019 11:22 am

    Children should be seen and not heard.

    • Forbes permalink
      April 16, 2019 5:02 pm

      They should go and do something useful like cleaning up beaches IF they are environmentally conscious. Idle layabouts.

  3. quaesoveritas permalink
    April 15, 2019 11:24 am

    Thanks for this.
    I still don’t think it gets to the bottom of how they arrived at the figures.
    I am sure that there is an element of truth in the figures, albeit a distorted one.

    • bobn permalink
      April 15, 2019 12:16 pm

      I am sure there’s no truth in anything ER and other ecofascist terrorist groups trumpet. Its all made up scaremongering. Only one mammal (a rare rat on a tiny pacific island) is known to have gone extinct in the last 100yrs. (Appears the rat was eaten to extinction by seabirds).

      • Hivemind permalink
        April 15, 2019 12:51 pm

        Not quite. The island is no more than 3 m above sea level at the highest point. They were washed off in the latest storm. Honestly, they couldn’t even have existed long enough to have formed a new species, so saying a species went extinct is just another scientific fraud.

    • April 15, 2019 2:40 pm

      The JNCC’s estimate – a little out of date – is for a national population of 580,000 AOBs (apparently occupied burrows). Allowing for a pair per burrow, that is a cool mill of the cheeky little chaps.

      If interested go to and thence Home > Marine > Marine Biodiversity Monitoring > Seabirds and Seaduck > Latest population trends.

  4. April 15, 2019 11:26 am

    After causing countless folk to be late for work, increasing pollution by causing traffic jams and giving the mayor and the police – who are doing their best to help Londoners, I would suggest that the rebellion is on its way to extinction.

  5. April 15, 2019 11:43 am

    A good start would be if they led by example and made themselves extinct.

  6. MrGrimNasty permalink
    April 15, 2019 12:05 pm

    Scientists probably kill (but won’t perforating something vital) world’s rarest turtle, pushed over the edge by destruction of river ecology by dams for ‘green’ hydro power in China.

    Non-BBC source:-

    “It’s difficult to not notice the disappearance of the largest freshwater turtle in the world. But there’s no doubt that many other species of flora and fauna in the Yangtze River Basin are suffering similar consequences due to the negative environmental impacts of dams.”

    Only 12 years left for Griffin Vultures in Crete – 1000 left, wind turbines predicted to kill 84 per year. Fortuitously coincides with the predicted end of the world, so no matter.

    These 2 examples are of course the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the damage done by ‘green’ and scientists generally – will they ever admit spreading the Chytrid fungus that is wiping out amphibians all over the world? Their first instinct when an enormous new Penguin colony was discovered in Antarctica was not to leave it well alone as a species safeguard, but to go and ‘study’ it, i.e. interfere, risk disease spread, disturbance……

    ‘Green’ schemes and science really aren’t helping are they?

    Burn the village to save the village – is that the expression?

  7. quaesoveritas permalink
    April 15, 2019 12:13 pm

    I had a reply from Extinction Rebellion about the source of the Puffin “fact”.
    All they said was:
    “I’m sorry I have no information to add to my previous reply.
    Individual examples of possible lapses and errors in our message doesn’t detract from the fact we are acting with the best of intentions, with love and compassion.”

    Otherwise, the actual facts don’t matter.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      April 15, 2019 12:20 pm

      What do you expect, they are just spouting factoids to emotionally manipulate people. It’s not about the truth. It’s about destroying capitalism and imposing some sort of delusional socialist subsistence utopia.

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      April 15, 2019 1:25 pm

      Monday being a working day, presumably all those demonstrators do not have jobs. They must then be definned as scroungers who are due to nothing of our Money, so just who is paying these idle folk? Surely not Ms Perry, or is it?

  8. Immune to propaganda permalink
    April 15, 2019 12:17 pm

    Paul, I think the warming phase ended in 1998. Tony Heller’s videos show no warming since 1998. Heartland Institute Holocene history graphs also show we are now in a cooling phase. I wouldn’t give greenies any warming ammunition after 1998.

    • April 15, 2019 12:43 pm

      If we are moving into a cooling period, these XR people are in for a tough ride, without heat from gas and coal. They seem very dangerous and uneducated to me.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      April 15, 2019 12:52 pm

      2005/06 is considered to be the end of Modern Warm Period. Spaceweather is talking of a very low solar minimum but of course could never suggest it might affect our climate more than the magical CO2 does.

  9. Athelstan. permalink
    April 15, 2019 12:34 pm

    trustafarian kids aiming at the wrong target, wound up by some malificent characters not least george suaron and politicized claptrap exhibits jejune comprehension of complex matters and in their ill considered hothouse groupthink, agitprop works illuminated shines a beacon on them: but not working for society but atomization and deconstruction, less than tools are all they are.

    What I’d like to really know, is HMG complicit, working behind the scenes in attempt to weaponize these kids and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least – if that were true, because with her, teresa may, anything and everything is on the table.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      April 15, 2019 1:07 pm

      Really? I think complacent and incompetent is closer the truth.

      XR should be made an illegal terrorist organisation, because using civil disobedience to blackmail a government is exactly that.

      XR are far more dangerous and organised than any of the far-right nut-jobs that are outlawed.

      • bobn permalink
        April 15, 2019 1:39 pm

        Absolutely. If this was an EDL rally (are they banned in our totalitarian State?) the police would have waded in with batons flailing in full riot gear. Because this group are leftie extremists the Police are letting them alone to disrupt and terrorise the public. Such enormous double standards. At least with Euro elections coming we’ll be able to show our disgust at all those bums of all the parties in parliament. Only vote for parties NOT represented in parliament.

  10. April 15, 2019 1:31 pm

    Can’t even spell correctly either.

    It’s Annihilation idiots.

  11. April 15, 2019 2:12 pm

    Who is paying for these apparently full-time climate tricksters?

    • tom0mason permalink
      April 16, 2019 6:06 am


  12. April 15, 2019 2:24 pm

    Danged uncooperative Puffins. They deserve to go extinct for making pseudo-scientists and fake news purveyors look ridiculous.

  13. April 15, 2019 2:58 pm

    look the “33,000 nationwide” fig comes from a quote about Shetland
    \\ “In 2000, there were 33,000 puffins on Shetland but last year there were 570.” //
    FoE “Sumburgh Head is one of the UK’s most important sites for puffins, terns and kittiwakes. In 2000, there were 33,000 puffins; in 2017, just 570. ”

    Visitor Centre Sumburgh Head FB page has photos of some Puffins

    The RSPB view on their count
    RSPB manager for Shetland Helen Moncrieff said that proper scientific methodology had been applied for the organisation’s statistics. Despite that, caveats had to be applied, particularly when considering puffin figures, which showed a drop from 33,000 birds to 570 over 17 years.
    (A local guy said after the story said that contrary to the reported fewer than 600 puffins in Shetland, there were an estimated 500 at Sumburgh and over 1,000 in Noss.
    Will Miles said: “The puffin statistic is one that is factually incorrect. The notion that no seabirds are breeding at Sumburgh is also nonsense. There are thousands of seabirds breeding this year, including puffins )

    Suggestions are that the 2000 count was abnormally high
    and that the 2017 count wasn’t precise
    OK what you’ve got is a 20 site search
    but of course the puffins don’t restrict themselves to 20 sites
    so you miss loads

    “The actual number of puffins across the whole of Shetland has experienced a serious decline but the number still living there is much much higher than 570 birds.”

  14. April 15, 2019 3:07 pm

    The Puffins are coming back from their winter grounds

  15. April 15, 2019 3:12 pm

    So the Puffins decide to go to Scotland
    ..and a record count is done
    Meanwhile Skomer, Wales gets a low count … so gets extra grants

    Then the puffins get bored of Haggis and go to Skomer
    Thus Shetland RSPB get lots of extra grants cos their puffin numbers have fallen

    That it ??
    And no one speaks up cos they don’t want to lose their grants ?
    And no one points out that by only doing a few sample sites they are missing many birds
    ..cos a low number is the best number for grants.

    • quaesoveritas permalink
      April 15, 2019 3:48 pm

      As I suspected, with absolutely no knowledge, the Puffins moved about, and its nothing to do with the overall population declining and climate change.

      • April 16, 2019 7:55 pm

        I put question marks
        to mean it’s my hypothesis
        rather thann proven fact.

  16. Vernon E permalink
    April 15, 2019 3:25 pm

    I think its time to start getting seriously worried by the antics of these quasi-religious eco-loonies. They are starting to be a significant distraction to the smooth running of our society. Did you see Guido’s post today that the UK has the largest in-coming investments in the world? That won’t go on if London is brought to a standstill every week. They are supported by the media led by the Beeb and by their education; trying to reason with them (e.g. some posts here) is futile – they are fanatics like all fundamental religionists and stronger measures are called for – Boris’s water canons anyone? Even the (so called) government is pandying to them – see Clare Perry’s grovelling broadcast “we are listening….” There has to be a plan.

    • Sam Duncan permalink
      April 15, 2019 4:15 pm

      “That won’t go on if London is brought to a standstill every week.”

      To them, that’s a feature, not a bug. Indeed, it’s the feature; the “green” stuff is just there to recruit the useful idiots.

    • April 15, 2019 4:22 pm

      It is illegal to obstruct a road, why are the police not doing their job? Maybe too busy investigating hate crimes on Twitter.

      • quaesoveritas permalink
        April 15, 2019 4:31 pm

        Because they know that’s what they want them to do,.

  17. April 15, 2019 11:20 pm

    Just saw this article:

    Crete Is Home To 1000 Endangered Griffon Vultures. Wind Turbines Are Projected To Kill 84 Of Them Per Year. (15 Apr)

    Maybe the Extinction Rebels could stop smashing Shell’s windows and go protest wind turbines instead. The carnage these horrible things are causing to wildlife is horrendous, and a real species extinction threat, unlike non-existent global warming.

  18. April 15, 2019 11:44 pm

    @Philip B pics

  19. tom0mason permalink
    April 16, 2019 6:23 am

    No a mostly white privileged group of socialists then?

    So much for diversity…

  20. Eddie P permalink
    April 17, 2019 7:26 am

    A related question as it is to do with counting. Has anyone found an answer to exactly what those involved in organizations such as Extinction Rebellion mean when they say ‘Stop climate change’? How do they define the word ‘stop’? Does it mean for a number of years or forever? If they mean for the climates of the world to stay the same for an extended period of time and assuming that their campaigns do reduce carbon emissions to zero, just how do they intend to eradicate all the other factors that cause climates to change?

  21. quaesoveritas permalink
    April 17, 2019 8:10 am

    In one street interview on the BBC, last night. a protester (Lucy Darling) said:
    “its really important to me, because there is a very legitimate climate and ecological emergency and I want to have babies one day and I am not going to be able to if the earth is dead,”
    So the earth is dead and her main concern is that she cannot have babies?
    Sounds a bit of a selfish attitude to me.
    Another protester, (Ben Moss) talked of government inaction, but there has been action and the UK response has been greater that most countries.
    Maybe they should demonstrate in China and India, and see what response the receive in those countries.

    • April 17, 2019 3:53 pm

      We live in a democracy
      So people are free to believe what they want
      The problem with cult like behaviour
      is that they want EVERYONE else to PAY for the costs of their plans both in money & loss of freedoms.

      • quaesoveritas permalink
        April 18, 2019 7:20 am

        The ER movement is not democratic.
        They want to impose their minority views on the rest of society.
        If they are democratic they should put up candidates at elections and how many votes they get.

  22. quaesoveritas permalink
    April 18, 2019 6:30 am

    Is it just a coincidence that the broadcast of Attenborough’s “Climate Change the Facts”, is at the same time as these demonstrations?
    It almost seems that the BBC is joining in with the pressure group.

    • DICK R permalink
      April 18, 2019 8:51 am

      The BBC is in the hands of the eco-nutters, the increasingly demented Attenborough is now the High Priest of this barmy religion.

  23. quaesoveritas permalink
    April 18, 2019 11:57 am

    In an interview on BBC “Afternoon Live”, yesterday, “environmental lawyer”, Farhana Yamin said:
    “I want today to highlight the massive climate impacts that are devastating people’s lives, not just inconveniencing them, but actually killing people and that’s what is happening all round the world, you saw last year, you are going to start seeing it again very soon here, the impacts of typhoons, the impacts of hurricanes, the impacts of floods, the impacts of severe droughts, malnutrition, food security……”
    Does she actually think that all of these weather events are caused by “climate change” and will not happen in the future if we prevent further temperature rise.
    The really annoying thing is that there is no one at the BBC to challenge these claims.

  24. quaesoveritas permalink
    April 20, 2019 6:54 pm

    Yesterday, the BBC had an interview with Clare Farrell, described as Extinction Rebellion’s “Arts Coordinator”, on why the demonstrations were taking place.

    Clare Farrell is the person giving the presentation in the first “the truth” video on the Extinction Rebellion website and is co-founder of ER and is apparently

    a fashion designer a short-course lecturer on sustainable fashion and founder of “no such thing”, whatever that is.

    During the interview Ms Farrell claimed:

    “We’ve seen millions displaced through hurricanes, droughts last summer, we face global food insecurity on a massive scale.”

    Why the BBC chose to interview a fashion designer on “climate change” is beyond me, but it seems that anyone is qualified to talk on the subject on the BBC as long as they adopt an alarmist position.

    Unfortunately, I can’t find the full interview on line.

  25. quaesoveritas permalink
    April 21, 2019 8:32 am

    I wonder if any of those arrested are given drugs tests.
    Some of the protesters seem pretty “laid back” to me.

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