I can't seem to get motivated with blogging or photography at the moment. It is that time of year when despondency sets in: the council have just been round and destroyed a lot of the habitat along the verges, leaving me despairing about the future of our wild plants and the insects, birds and mammals that inhabit this world alongside us.
I read an article last week about scientists trying to discover why the insect world is sharply declining in numbers. In my area the only decent habitat for insects is along the roadside verges. The fields are predominantly a monoculture of ryegrass, with the sheep eating out the base of the hedges leaving little for wildlife to survive on. When those horrible cutting machines come round they macerate all of the foliage, flowers, and insects. along with the mammals that don't move out of the way quickly enough. The Orchids once again were destroyed before they had time to set seed, and a lot of the beautiful Meadowsweet was destroyed just as it was coming into bloom, along with many other flowers. The bankings were smashed where the blades came too close and the homes of insects that lived in tiny burrows were destroyed. When I first moved here there were lots of clumps of Orchids around the lanes, now there are very few of them, and at the rate the council are going soon there will be none. Is there really no one within the scientific and environmental movements that can connect up the dots: we destroy their habitat and they decline. I have tried discussing it with the council to no avail: it has always been done this way and will continue to be done this way. What is it they say about there are none so blind as those that don't want to see?
Oh well, life goes on for some of us, and I am being blessed by visits from many Siskins. Not sure whether there is a shortage of food for them elsewhere or whether the word has got round as to how useful I am. :-)