For most of our birds, and particularly raptors, using the migration flyway through Spain and crossing to Morocco, life is a constant challenge. In more recent times they are faced with the additional and deadly obstacle of wind farms. These wind farms also compound the risk for these birds when they return to Europe each spring. For whatever reason, many birds do not recognise these large swathes of turbines as a threat.
We are not against wind farms per se, but what has become increasingly clear is the need to site these turbines well away from known and traditional migration flyways or flight paths for birds. In Spain and Morocco it appears no regard for these animals is shown when vested interests are at stake and no accountability is accepted by those responsible for prospecting and choosing areas to site these monsters. No environmental survey can be obtained when requested for these wind farms in Spain and it is becoming increasingly obvious that the environmental impact is poorly considered, if it is considered at all.
We invite you to view firsthand evidence of the horror inflicted by incorrectly sited wind turbines and ask you if you too believe those companies running wind farms should be held accountable for destroying our natural heritage. During the course of autumn migration near to Tarifa in 2007 over 50 Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus met their death by wind turbines. How sustainable are these high mortality rates?