Thousands of bats have been killed by wind turbines causing a population decline that could cost the farming industry billions each year, experts claim.
The nocturnal creatures are welcomed by farmers across the world as they eat large numbers of insects that usually damage crops.
This reduces the amount that farmers have to spend on pesticides and saves millions of new plants that could be obliterated by the creepy crawlies.....'Not acting is not an option because the life histories of these flying nocturnal mammals - characterised by long generation times and low reproductive rates - mean that population recovery is unlikely for decades or even centuries, if at all,' Dr Gary McCracken from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville told the Daily Telegraph.
He added: 'Without bats, crop yields are affected. Pesticide applications go up. Even if our estimates were quartered, they clearly show how bats have enormous potential to influence the economics of agriculture and forestry.'
Well. Given the food-price inflation we're seeing (and it will get worse), what's another few bucks for an ear of corn?