Bat

Bird mincing wind turbines are now killing umpteen bats

I hate wind farms, they are unsightly, make a huge noise, kill migrating birds and use huge quantities of rare earth metals making them not green at all…on top of that they are dreadfully inefficient and only work with huge government subsidies.

To cap all that off, they are also now killing bats.

Endangered bats are being killed by wind turbine blades because the air currents are similar to those near tall trees, a study shows.

It’s feared the legally protected mammals are dying while hunting insects that are attracted by the heat generated by the spinning blades.

Thousands of bats have been killed by wind turbines causing a population decline that could cost the farming industry billions each year.

The nocturnal creatures are welcomed by farmers across the world as they eat large numbers of insects that usually damage crops.   Read more »

This is a joke, right?

Evil bat killing wind turbines

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It is time to put an end to the bird and now bat killing wind turbines.

WIND farms may be killing legally protected bats by causing internal organs to “explode”, according to wildlife experts.

The Bat Conservation Trust says it has evidence that pressure caused by turbine blades causes the animals’ lungs to “pop”, causing immediate death.

Bats are a protected species in the UK, and deliberately injuring or killing them carries the threat of six months in jail and a fine of up to £5,000.

Conservationists believe bats are dying while hunting insects that are attracted by the heat generated by turbine blades.

They have suggested that even if the bats avoid the turbines, the change in pressure created by the spinning blades is capable of bursting their lungs.

Anne Youngman, Scottish officer of the Bat Conservation Trust, said: “People think that the danger is the bats getting hit by the blade, which does happen.

“But the danger to them is really barotrauma, were they are literally popped from the inside.  Read more »

“Just shoot the bloody things.”

I love this story from Australia…a developer is battling bureaucrats and regulations concerning bats:

A GOLD Coast developer has had to delay the construction of a unit complex to allow a colony of bats on the site to get enough sleep.

Developer Terry Balson began clearing trees on the Labrador site yesterday, a job which should have taken three days.

But it will now take at least six days after the Department of Environment and Resource Management told Mr Balson he could only work between noon and 4pm because a colony of bats roosting in trees at the back of the property needed adequate time to rest and feed their young.

Delaying construction on the 13-unit development, which will employ 10 full-time builders, could cost Mr Balson more than $100,000.

There are between 19 and 36 bats in the colony, which was only discovered by DERM in January, just before work on the site was to start.

Mr Balson was forced to stop works and employ five specialists — fauna and wildcare specialists, an arboriculturist, landscape specialist and an environmental planning consultant — to devise a DERM-approved plan to safely clear the land around the bats.

In six weeks he has dealt with more than a dozen different government departments to get the right approvals to proceed.

Lord give me strength. Luckily Bob Katter, the leader of the Australian Party seems to be the only one blessed with commonsense:

DERM confirmed the colony is only new to the site. DERM director of wildlife Dr Ashley Bunce said a DMP permit was granted to Mr Balson with several conditions for work designed to encourage the bats “to move to the area of retained vegetation of their own volition”.

Katter’s Australian Party leader Bob Katter slammed the government regulations.

“What is the world coming to?” he said. “It’s bloody outrageous.

“It’s his land, he should be able to do what he wants.

“Just shoot the bloody things.”

The development is already six weeks behind schedule and will cost Mr Balson in excess of $100,000.