More than 50 supporters, together with their children and dogs, set off for a brisk walk on Mynydd Mynyllod on Sunday (October 23) and helped raise a fantastic £300 for STEMM’s appeal.
Luckily everyone enjoyed autumnal weather which gave some great views. The walkers had a choice between a shorter walk and a five mile hike up the mountain’s slopes. One of the walk organisers, Hilary Madeley, said, “The turn out was brilliant and people were very generous. It was lovely to see so many people taking part.” STEMM is now planning other fund-raising social events, and will be keeping everyone up-to-date with how the money is being spent in fighting plans for the wind farm.
Following on from a news story on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme early this morning (20.10.11) came this piece http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-20/u-k-cuts-support-for-onshore-offshore-wind-boosts-wave-tidal.html which gives full details of the impact this decision may have on wind farms, particularly on onshore developments. It states that the RenewableUK industry lobby group had ‘asked the government to maintain the rewards for onshore and offshore wind, warning that some projects wouldn’t be able to go ahead without that level of support.’ Spokesman for the group, Adam Bell, went on to say, “We are disappointed in the reduction in support for onshore wind especially as it is the cheapest form of renewable. We are predicting up to 2017 that 1.6 gigawatts of onshore wind will not be deployed.”
There are many more similar articles now available on the internet, including the following links: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15389147; http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2118628/renewables-policy-overhaul-promises-clean-green-secure-energy; http://www.windpowermonthly.com/go/europe/news/1099835/Offshore-wins-UK-subsidy-revamp/
This beautiful photograph was taken during the recent fun ride on Mynydd Mynyllod when the red kite, one of several, came close enough for Mrs Pat Evans to take this shot.
For more about this fantastic bird you can visit www.redkites.co.uk which contains a great deal of information, including links to organisations in Wales. In addition, here is a link to a BBC story about a red kite found dead with ‘injuries including fractures and bruising’ at a wind farm near Dingwall, a development RSPB Scotland had objected to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10413334. The red kite, which once faced national extinction has, according to the RSPB’s excellent website, ‘the highest degree of legal protection under the Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is an offence to take, injure or kill a red kite or to take, damage or destroy its nest, eggs or young. It is also an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb the birds close to their nest during the breeding season. Violation of the law can attract fines up to £5,000 per offence and/or a prison sentence of up to six months.’
If this aspect of the wind farm development on Mynydd Mynyllod is of particular concern to you then this link to the website for Raptor Politics, an organisation that focuses on safeguarding protected birds of prey may be of interest. This particular link contains a number of pieces relating to the effect of wind turbines upon bird populations http://raptorpolitics.org.uk/2011/06/09/lethal-attraction/
A number of riders and their horses had a fantastic day out on Sunday (October 16) when they rode for hours across Mynydd Mynyllod. The riders who helped raise £90 towards the STEMM fighting fund enjoyed fine weather, and their ride was made trouble free with volunteers opening gates for them along the way. Event organiser, Tina Davies, is already planning on staging a similar event in the spring, so, if you missed this ride there’s chance to join another one in 2012.