gif - blue text reading 'we need to talk about wind'. The 'i' in wind is a moving wind turbine.

"I just don't like onshore wind because..." We've all been in a conversation like that. Talking about onshore wind is hard. But it needs champions, people who are willing to challenge the vocal minority and let the power of wind shine through. 

We’ve looked into some of the most common complaints about onshore wind and tried to sort out the facts from the rumours. So next time you talk about onshore wind, you have a few things up your sleeve. 

The health risks of wind turbines have been wildly over exaggerated.

One of the biggest threats to birds is climate change. That's one reason the RSPB have a wind turbine.

Wind turbines make some noise, but unless you're up close it shouldn't be more than a fridge's hum.


Onshore wind is the cheapest source of new energy we have! It's silly we're not making more of it.

Most people wouldn't mind living near a wind turbine. And those that do live close to one tend to really like it.

Though turbines have a carbon footprint, they pay their carbon debt off in a matter of months.


Concerns about wind power being intermittent have been overblown - it's very easy for us to manage.

Usually when it's wind, turbines produce lots of power. It's pretty rare they need switching off.

It's fine if you don't like the way wind turbines look. But that's not how most people feel.