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GWPF calls on Sir David Attenborough to save Red-listed Kittiwakes from giant wind turbine project

January 19, 2021

By Paul Homewood



On the 31st of December last year Alok Sharma, then Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, gave planning consent for the giant Hornsea 3 offshore wind farm. He decided to over-ride planning inspectors who had advised refusal on the grounds of unacceptable environmental impacts on the Red-listed Kittiwake populations of the East Coast, whose resting and nesting sites are protected by Natura 2000 legislation, some of the strongest environmental protection in Europe.

In giving consent Mr Sharma said that that contribution of the Hornsea 3 scheme to reaching Net Zero was more important than the affect on the local environment and its bird populations, and justified ignoring Natura 2000 protection.

This sets a precedent that the renewables industry has already identified as “opening the floodgates” for any major industrial development that can make a claim, however tenuous, to low carbon credentials.

The GWPF has written to Sir David Attenborough, asking him to intervene personally to reverse this decision and request a moratorium of the mega-project before it is too late.

  1. January 19, 2021 12:44 pm

    Will he do that? Does he have time to do stuff like that? He is a busy man.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      January 19, 2021 3:11 pm

      As long as they put what they want him to say on an autocue, he’ll say it.

      • January 19, 2021 3:15 pm

        LOL. Thanks.

        But will bob up and down when he says it and will he throw his head from side to side?

      • Is it just me? permalink
        January 20, 2021 11:13 am

        “As long as they put what they want him to say on an autocue, he’ll say it.” Pretty accurate statement it would seem. The last real environmental champion we had – was called David Bellamy. Considering his phenomenal achievements – his passing was tributed with deafening silence by the BBC.

  2. Mack permalink
    January 19, 2021 12:59 pm

    If someone with SDA’s clout in the climatekleptocracy were to publicly rail against a wind farm scheme, then surely panic would set in amongst all of the troughers investing in similar schemes. What’s good for one potentially chopped up goose would surely be good for all of the other potential diced up ganders out there (just to murder an apt avian metaphor)? So, no, I can’t see him compromising his status as the green Gandalf just to protect a few kittiwakes. Their sacrifice will be for the greater good don’t you know?

  3. January 19, 2021 1:03 pm

    I was under the impression that the “Greens” were all for environmental protection, or is that only when the proposal/plan does not meet with their criteria of what is good and what is bad. The recent mine that has been given the go ahead in Cumbria, is too provide high grade coking coal for steel production, a key component in a wind turbine, so whilst bad is good, however, the Kittiwake is protected by the highest level environmental ruling and as such cannot be be placed at risk, but the wind farm is deemed “good” so the Kittiwake is a victim of the “Green” ideology that wind farms must replace fossil fuels regardless of the environmental damage.

  4. John Palmer permalink
    January 19, 2021 1:30 pm

    And as for the deafening howls of rage from the RSPB and all the other lot……….
    Sarc off🙄

  5. Coeur de Lion permalink
    January 19, 2021 2:09 pm

    Nice one, GWPF. But the old fraud will be extincting walruses and unwilling to take on birds as well . So,as above, where is the RSPB? The fungus Ordiocordyceps has taken over their musculature and converted them to warmism.

  6. Stephen Lord permalink
    January 19, 2021 3:39 pm

    On Tue, Jan 19, 2021, 4:34 AM NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT wrote:

    > Paul Homewood posted: “By Paul Homewood On the 31st of December last > year Alok Sharma, then Secretary of State for Business, Energy and > Industrial Strategy, gave planning consent for the giant Hornsea 3 offshore > wind farm. He decided to over-ride planning inspectors ” >

  7. Mad Mike permalink
    January 19, 2021 3:49 pm

    Its cruel to put DA in this position of seeing that Green Issues are not clear cut in the real world. To support everything Green has consequences and poor old David will in a right old spin.

    Want a bet he won’t get involved?

    • January 19, 2021 5:09 pm

      He should have thought about that before sticking his oar in to matters he isn’t an expert on.

  8. January 19, 2021 4:42 pm

    Dunno if turbines affect kestrels, directly/indirectly.
    There’s a new Times article … via Steve Milloy
    : Scientists baffled as Scotland’s kestrel populations plunge 80% in 25 years
    “Of our farmland birds, kestrels stand out as the largest decline by quite a margin. The numbers started to drop around 1998 and since then they have continued to decline, with only one or two better years. Some of that could be linked to vole abundance, after a run of bad years, and the availability of the habitat that they use.
    Studies in France have shown the use of some rodenticides have had an impact on kestrel numbers but we don’t have any similar studies in Scotland.
    In Scotland, we can’t really put our finger on what’s happening.”

    (yeh nothing special happened since 1998 )

    Mr Foster said *climate change* could be a factor in their decline, as it could affect the food chain, but added that some hope remained.

    The article doesn’t mention wind turbines
    And reader comments are not working for me (The system was recently changed)

    • theguvnor permalink
      January 19, 2021 7:14 pm

      Notice in the image of the kestrel and where its eyes are fixed when hovering in the hunt. They are focused towards the ground and of course the tracks of its prey (as with all raptors) and completely miss any silent moving blades that may be ahead of them.

    • Alan Haile permalink
      January 19, 2021 8:54 pm

      Found the article, there were no comments so I added one. I just wrote ‘Wind Turbines’.

  9. Adam Gallon permalink
    January 19, 2021 6:28 pm

    Nice one.
    Hoist upon his own petard.

  10. January 19, 2021 7:37 pm

    The big concern is that this has set a precedent and all future applications for these monstrous white elephants will get the go-ahead regardless of the environmental and other damages. The perceived benefits in term of helping towards net zero will over-ride all negative impacts.

  11. paul weldon permalink
    January 19, 2021 9:07 pm

    And the remaining population will find it hard to find prey when the landscape is covered with all those trees that need planting. Kestrels are birds of open areas, not woodland.

  12. jack jones permalink
    January 19, 2021 9:28 pm

    …more important than the affect on the local environment?
    Can Sir David support such a thing or will he find it easier to ignore the letter?

  13. dogdaisy2 permalink
    January 19, 2021 11:30 pm

    Good luck with that. Sadly, he has swallowed the alarmist narrative hook, line and sinker and is rapidly becoming their “mouthpiece”. I cannot use the term “useful idiot” but I do fear that senility might be setting in.

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