XtremeSTORM event threatening Southport’s Marine Lake Swans and other legally-protected birds

Above: Southport’s wonderful swan colony

Publisher’s Note: This article may not seem to belong on UFO Digest but it does. The XtrmeStorm headline screams disaster and although we don’t have a UFO we definitely have a IFO, in this case Indentifed Flying Object.  And sometimes it is just fun reading about other wordly news. Dirk

Author note: Please also see my second article below the main

feature – ‘How authorities want to wreck the Sefton environment’ … 


Southport ‘Swan Rescue’ group has recently complained that a proposed XtremeSTORM event may endanger swans on Southport’s Marine Lake. The RSPCA reacted somewhat irrationally in view of such complaints. 

The Champion newspaper reported (13 March 2013) that RSPCA inspector Ian Robertson had stated:
“This is a recreational lake, not a wildlife reserve, where boating takes place all year round.”
Mr Robertson went on to claim that there were ‘no’ nesting birds on the lake at the moment, contrary to Swan Rescue’s advice that there ‘are’ nests being built,  and that the any birds wanting to nest were being deterred.
I found this response quite detestable, especially coming from a representative of the RSPCA. In these times of increasing loss of wildlife habitat and bird numbers why on earth would anyone wish to “deter” wonderful birds like swans from their traditional nesting grounds. I would also question of legitimacy of such action against a protected species. 
Mr Robertson also misses the main point. This lake was indeed built for recreational purposes. However, the Victorians never had any intentions of seeing high-powered boats rip through flocks of swans.  
In those days nothing much faster than a leisurely yacht would have been used on the water. Relaxed low-speed boating and a bit of summer angling for the children was all that the lake was intended for originally. Therefore it is just not on that the RSPCA should now be seeking to recreate reality like this today! 
Swan Rescue also claimed that many people would be running all over the south part of the lake, just when the birds would be nesting. 
I trust that legal prosecutions will be brought against the perpetrators, should any swan, goose etc be killed or injured during the proposed event. 
Such carefully planned insanity against native wildlife is obscene and must the challenged.
Above: some people actually care deeply about wildlife conservation. 


Swans seen as “pests” by Water Ski Centre owner …

NB. As a footnote I actually sent the following letter to the Palace some year ago as such problems have occurred before.
                                                                                                                                                                                Thursday, 25 May 2006
Dear Queen Elizabeth 
I write to you today about threats to our local swan life from the callous extremes of man. 
The local media reported that these wonderful birds are apparently now under attack from local water sport enthusiasts who wish to run their ski-boats through waters of the Southport Marine Lake. This lake has now become a haven for numerous wild swans (over 100, mainly mute swans) and other species of bird life. It was created in Victorian times when the pace of life was slower and high speed boating had not yet then been invented. The swan population has increased and so has the speed of watercraft on the lake. 
The Champion newspaper (edition: 24th May 06) has reported that Southport Water Ski Centre owner, ‘Dave Hender’ believes that the swans on this lake are “just pests.”
It should be noted also that numerous swans died on the lake some months ago from what was reported to be a ‘mystery illness’. 
I believe that mankind has already committed enough acts of atrocity on our wildlife populations and find this news to be wholly objectionable as I presume you will too. We must surely ‘welcome’ any successful boost in our wildlife populations in these days of rampant, man-made eco-destruction, not seek to oust it because it may affect business profit- related concerns.    
As you will doubtless be aware, all swans are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981. The mute swan has had special protection since 1482 because the species is owned by the Crown.
The thought of jet-skiers crashing through flocks of these lovely birds especially when protecting their cygnets is utterly intolerable. I have personally witnessed several times, boats clipping swans at speed although I do not know if these birds actually survived or not on these occasions.  Over the last few years I have also noticed the odd swan floating dead in the waters on this lake, at the end where skiing occurs. This may have been due to the impact from fast boats or skiers. 
I believe that our precious English wildlife must be afforded the genuine protection it truly deserves from the selfish inroads of contemporary man, which are frequently based on ‘commercial’ rather than ecological concerns.
Your opinion on this alarming matter would be appreciated. 
Thank you for your time
Mr Pat Regan 


How authorities want to wreck the Sefton environment.


Fears over 450ft-high giant wind turbines plans in Sefton

This disconcerting story was reported in the Southport Visiter on March 14 2013 by Tom Duffy. Please surf this link.


I have written about these ‘wind monstrosities’ many times before in article and in one of my books, Dirty Politics.


Let’s consider a few uncomfortable facts:

  • Many residents living in close proximity to these wind farms find the noise levels completely intolerable and are infuriated that assurances about noise given in advance turn out to be valueless. Doctors have suggested that turbine noise, which may be low key yet disturbing and unpleasant, may link to psychological effects, headaches and depression. Noise levels cannot be accurately predicted in advance.  
  • Authorities in Spain reported considerable numbers of birds of 13 species secluded under European Union law have been killed by wind turbines (Windpower monthly 2.2.94). Turbines in California have on average destroyed between 200-300 Redtail Hawks and up to 60 Golden Eagles every year, whilst it is estimated that 7000 migrating birds a year are killed at other wind turbine sites in Southern California. (Source -California Energy Commission).  
  • The wind turbine is regulated to generate power at low to moderate wind speeds, when the production is a trickle. As the wind strengthens and real power becomes obtainable, they have to be shut down or they may blow over.
  • The two foremost European wind farms are close to each other in Powys, at Llandinam and Carno. Between them, they have 159 turbines and cover many thousands of acres. Jointly they take a year to manufacture less than four days’ output from a solitary 2000 MW conventional power station. Together, they have a productivity averaging 20 MW (in winter, UK demand peaks at about 53,000 MW.)
  • Turbines can interrupt TV reception. This was noted in 1994 when the BBC and the Independent Television Commission recommended the Department of the Environment to oblige wind farm developers to reinstate reception where wind farms caused intrusion.
  • The main unfavourable impact that wind farm expansion is probable to have is on local economies depending on ‘tourism’. Wind speed sites are frequently positioned in the areas holding the premium landscapes. Wind developers are consequently targeting those localities where the sightseer trade consists of visitors seeking harmony and unspoiled countryside.
  • One of the most dependable critiques of wind-generation of electricity to date is the Darmstadt Manifesto on the exploitation of wind energy in Germany. Its main influence develops from its signatories – over one hundred leading intellectuals in fields including –  Medicine, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Geography,  Mechanical Engineering and Thermodynamic Science,  Land Administration, and  Agricultural Science.  
  • Health and safety (apart from noise pollution) is a factor too. Apart from the hazard of blades becoming disconnected or even disintegrating due to fatigue etc, there is a real danger that chunks of ice can form on them in wintry conditions and then be thrown considerable distances when the wind picks up and the blades begin to rotate. Three of these wind turbine ‘factories’ in the UK were closed for safety reasons in April 2000 due to metal fatigue.
  • The RSPB has objected to 76 wind farm proposals (on and offshore) between 2000-2004 and has raised concerns about a further 129. The RSPB recently objected to a proposed 234 turbine wind farm on the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides, on an extremely fragile and special area for wildlife
  • Wind powered electricity is estimated to be two and a half times more costly than conventional sources. It would not be economic without a massive subsidy. This comes either from our tax or from the price we pay for electricity. Consumers in Denmark, which has the highest penetration of wind power in Europe, also pay the most for their electricity.  


Bird and Bat Killing Machines

The Northwest coast sees many large flocks of sea birds that will be severely jeopardized, especially at night and in bad weather, by the monstrosities.

In fact a primary school was ‘forced’ to turn off wind turbine after bird deaths. The school was required to switch off a £20,000 wind turbine, because it kept killing passing seabirds.


Many birds are legally protected under wildlife laws; therefore I for one shall be calling for official ‘prosecution’ for any bird deaths due to wind turbine usage.

Yes, thousands of birds and bats too are killed each year by collisions with wind towers and their giant blades. Environmental activists are in some places even taking the wind energy industry to court to find a solution.



Dr David Bellamy has previously stated that wind turbines produce only ‘30 percent’ of the power the government claimed and were not as cost effective. He described turbines as “totally and utterly useless things”, and said a better money and energy saving option would be to insulate houses in cladding.

Has the local Council actually considered the growing evidence against these inefficient contraptions and the health/safety risks pointed out by many doctors and environmentalists?


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