RSPB Wants Its Own Swan Mincer
RSPB Scotland has submitted plans to Aberdeenshire Council to install a 62ft high “domestic” turbine at its Loch of Strathbeg reserve, near Crimond, in Buchan.
The reserve is home to almost 300 species of birds during the year and in winter tens of thousands of geese, including up to a quarter of the world’s population of pink-footed geese, visit the loch.
Aedan Smith, RSPB Scotland’s head of planning, said the report assessed the risk to pink-footed geese as one death every five years and one death every 2.5 years for whooper swans. These deaths rates, he stressed, would have no impact on the conservation status of either species.
He added: "The purpose of the turbine is to try and improve the environmental performance of our estate.
"The RSPB as an organisation is becoming increasingly concerned about the effect of climate change on wildlife across the UK and across the world and we are doing what we can to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
So would he be happy if I shot the odd one as well to feed into my boiler as bio-fuel?