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White-throated Needletail dropped dead after flying into a turbine blade.
The death of the "bird of the century" has reignited the furious debate among birdwatchers about the RSPB’s tacit support for the wind farm industry.

RSPB under fire

The death of the “bird of the century” sparks a new wave of criticism

"The needletail, which should have been in Siberia but was thousands of miles off course, was described by enthusiasts as the “bird of the century” to spot here.

"Its death has reignited the furious debate among birdwatchers about the RSPB’s tacit support for the wind farm industry. Critics claim the UK’s leading bird charity has ignored fears that tens of millions are killed by the growing number of wind farms appearing worldwide.

"The RSPB is thought to have objected to only six per cent of new developments. There are more than 10,000 ­turbines in the UK or in the pipeline.

"One estimate claims a working turbine kills between 110 and 330 birds every year, which countrywide would mean a 1.1 million annual death toll."

"Campaign group Save The Eagles International said: “Eagles and millions of other birds are being decimated worldwide by wind farms and their power lines.”"

Full article: RSPB gives the go-ahead to bird-killing windmills | Express | June 30, 2013


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