- bird-slicing eco-crucifixes
The most recent figures are from the Mammal Society, which estimates that the UK’s cats catch up to 275 million prey items a year, of which 55 million are birds. This is the number of prey items that were known to have been caught; we don’t know how many more the cats caught, but didn’t bring home, or how many escaped but subsequently died.
The most frequently caught birds, according to the Mammal Society, are probably (in order) house sparrows, blue tits, blackbirds and starlings.
No evidencePosted 4 years ago
Despite the large numbers of birds killed, there is no scientific evidence that predation by cats in gardens is having any impact on bird populations UK-wide. This may be surprising, but many millions of birds die naturally every year, mainly through starvation, disease, or other forms of predation.
It was seen by birders fly straight into the turbine. It is ironic that after waiting so long for this bird to turn up in the UK it was killed by a wind turbine and not a natural predator,
Cars drive into trees and the drivers get killed so it obviously the fault of the treePosted 4 years ago40mpgSubscriber
The White-throated Needletail – the world’s fastest flying bird – was thousand of miles off course
Not a good start…
after over 80 twitches flocked to Harris – with scores more on their way
So it can have a peaceful rest and get back on its way…
others were coming from all over the country
Well, not that peaceful
It is ironic that after waiting so long for this bird to turn up in the UK it was killed by a wind turbine and not a natural predator
So it probably wouldn’t have made it out anyway
Some people will have lost the cost of their flights
The crux of the problem.
So basically it was a lost, possibly sick bird that didnt stand much of a chance, and having been chased into a turbine by the twitchers, they take their grievance out on the fact that the turbine was there 🙄Posted 4 years agoocriderMember
it’s the spinning blades that are the problem, you’d need a cat nailed to the end of each blade.
(make sure each cat is wearing a bell – to be sure)
– if the cats were nailed on so they were upside down on the downstroke then you could also harvest the energy from them trying to spin round to land on their feet.
Perpetual motion may no longer be a myth!Posted 4 years ago
I don’t think that bells would be neccessary, a nauseated spinning cat would probably be an audible enough warning for even the most ****-witted of birds.ImabigkidnowSubscriber
I get about 5 birds a week fly into my 2mx3m large living room window FWIW. only ever had to go out out and physically pickup a baby pigeon once in the 2.5 yrs I’ve been here and that seemed stunned for longer than 20 minutes coz I was worried a cat would come by (as they do quite reguarly).
Article said that bird is a fast bird … anything flying into a blade/pylon, esp at 30-40 mph or more isn’t going to survive. Figures prob not out there but I’d be interested to see how many birds mown down on roads by cars or in the air by aircraft as % vs green energy generation!!Posted 4 years ago
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