How green is green?
are threatening to come again marching across our countryside. There is to be a
new wind farm in Wales and the pylons will be striding over the fields carrying
renewable energy to Shropshire.
guess our ideas about them depends on where we live and whether the turbines or
pylons are near our houses. Most of us agree about renewable energy but do any
of us want massive infrastructures near us?
are other considerations too like the despoiling of the countryside and the
threat to wildlife. Also, the construction of the turbines and their journey on
our roads may surprise you. They are made of steel and fibre glass, cement is
used for the foundation of the tower and plastics for seals, this does not seem
very green. Another factor is that some travel from abroad. It is not simple,
it is not completely free energy or completely carbon neutral, but maybe the
that some turbines are made in East Yorkshire and that is where I have just been
to see my family and the sea. We went to the RSBP reserve and there we saw the short-eared
owl in the twilight above the old meadow. It may have come in from colder
countries like Iceland. It was too far away to see detail, but I saw its long
wings which were pale underneath. We were all excited as it is quite rare.
last of the gannets were there too with a few young ones clinging to the cliffs,
their pale blue eyes staring out waiting for their parents. Hopeful of food, their
black tipped wings and long beaks stretched out as soon as an adult flew past.
fresh crab sandwiches (at £10 each) and sat on the beach to watch two little
girls paddling and screaming when a wave came threatening to wet their pretty dresses.
It seemed like a scene from the past when my sister and I, at seven and nine
years old, did exactly the same.
home in Shropshire there was another treat waiting for us. The very rare
spotted flycatchers put in an appearance. They did not nest here this year as
they have in the past, so it was a thrill to see three young catching flies at
the edge of our woodland. They will soon be on their way to Africa.
thrill is the realisation that when the pylons march across the fields we will
not see them at all because a power line was muted about ten years ago and we
planted tall trees in our field Goose Bottom. They form an excellent green screen.
(Taken from my column in the Shropshire Star)