Wind farms are an emotive and divisive issue, especially amongst birders. A badly sited wind farm can lead to devastating consequences as we know only too well for many large birds, particularly raptors.
In the UK the visual intrusion caused by the huge turbines is a hot topic with many believing they are ruining the beauty of our wild landscapes and natural heritage. The irony that wind allegedly produces ‘green’ or renewable energy isn’t lost on those that protest against the hundreds of planning applications that are lodged annually for new wind farms.
On 17 May a small group of protesters are planning a peaceful protest march in Scotland at the site for one such new wind farm, Dunmaglass in the Monadhliath Mountains. This ‘Wake for the Wild’ will involve carrying a coffin; a symbol of the death of Scotland’s Wild Places up to the point of the highest turbine, about 2,500 feet up in the beautiful, wild Monadhliath Mountains.
The group plans to say a few words over the coffin in memory of the once wild and beautiful landscape they believe is about to be destroyed following the granting of planning approval . Dunmaglass is an area close to locations known to be frequented by Golden Eagles.