I LOVE bats – they are fascinating and when the air starts to warm in early summer one can see them flit about even in the busiest parts of Central London.
Bats are not at all scared of people and are the only mammals that can truly fly. They spend most of the day roosting, leave at dusk to forage for food and make the most of the city’s small spaces by squeezing themselves and their entire families under window sills or roof gaps without causing anyone trouble.
In my apartment building last June a surveyor came round with a bat detector and let me observe the creatures emerging from roost. I managed to spot a few, although they flew by so quickly the binocular goggles were not much use. They have incredible sonar capabilities for flying in pitch dark and hanging upside down.
How sad, then, that bats suffer so cruelly from the increasing plethora of windmill farms and in a most horrific way: as they fly near one low pressure zones generated by the blades cause their lungs to burst from expanding beyond capacity. According to National Geographic: ‘As wind turbines become more common, one group of scientists predict that by 2020, they will kill anywhere from 33,000 to 110,000 bats per year’.
TCW has reported the devastating impact of wind turbines on Britain’s birds, with a total yearly death toll estimated at 1.5million, not to mention billions of insects. TCW has further pointed out how the Left-dominated RSPB have failed to speak out about this industrial-scale massacre, even though they fear ecological disaster.
The same applies to wildlife groups and bats. Why aren’t organisations like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal (PETA) and animal rights activists such as Carrie Johnson more concerned and vocally opposing wind turbines for such barbaric consequences, even as bats rapidly become further endangered? According to Bat Conservation International, more than 200 species across 60 countries are already classified as threatened.
What is also shockingly cruel about the wind turbines is that bats are self-destructively attracted to them. The reasons are unknown but it is suspected they like the swooshing sounds of the blades. Imagine the equivalent scenario were humans sadistically lured to their ruination by sound – upon hearing a great song on your iPod, when you turn up the volume your airpods react by blowing up your ears!
As distressing as it is to contemplate bat lungs being burst by renewable energy sources, it is still more so in view of the location of these utter monstrosities. The grotesque moving blades litter our finest landscapes, including the otherwise idyllic Cumbrian habitat of Peter Rabbit. Had Beatrix Potter been able to see these hideous manmade contraptions I am quite sure she would have created an evil character (perhaps a vulture) to lure unsuspecting tree bats to their doom, only to be defeated in the end by a wily flying squirrel who jumps to the rescue.
Given Potter’s subversive streak she would certainly have found a way to shame corporate greed-masters such as Ventient Energy (formerly Zephyr Investments), the green energy profiteers responsible for destroying some of the most stunning vistas in Britain.
As pointed out by the Open Spaces Society (OSS) who, with Friends of the Lake District, opposed the extension of Ventient’s wind farm site (sadly granted until 2027 and doubtless to be further extended for years beyond):
‘The turbines are highly visible from many directions, in particular from the Lake District National Park and when seen against the park’s backcloth. They occupy a significant area of registered common land, a unique and ancient land type, where the public has the right to walk, and commoners graze their stock. The wind turbines are less than a kilometre from the Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a treasured landscape and we believe that it is severely degraded by the presence of the turbines.’
It is not only shockingly cruel but senseless for these creatures to be sacrificed on the altar of the West’s net-zero fanaticism. It makes the Chinese bat eaters look positively civilised in comparison.