Friday, September 16, 2011

More about the Atlantic Array

Baggy Point, between Croyde and Woolacombe, North Devon, with Lundy on the horizon at the left.

I came back on Thursday (after a trip to the excellent Wind Farm Conference in Cheshire, organised by Conservation of Upland Powys) and went out to Baggy Point, one of North Devon's most famous landmarks. It wasn't the best of afternoons, the sky was overcast, and visibility was not as good as it can be, but from this spot I could see Dartmoor to the south, the Welsh coastline to the north, and the hills of Exmoor to the the east. Sadly I could also see the three turbines near Great Torrington on the hills to the South, in front of Dartmoor, and behind me there were the 22 Fullabrook turbines. If the Atlantic Array is built, there will be hundreds of gigantic wind turbines stretching across this blue horizon.

There are many who say "Offshore not onshore" but the truth is that offshore wind turbines are as environmentally damaging, as visually disturbing, and even more costly than the onshore ones. It is true that if they are far enough away, they don't cause a noise nuisance to human neighbours, but what their noise will do to whales, to porpoises, to seals, and all other marine animals and fish, is something that all of us who care about wildlife should be deeply concerned about.

Read more about last weekend's Exhibition here:

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