There is a world-wide massive decline in all types of animals and plants. As man’s numbers explode the natural environment is being decimated. The loss of habitat, bush-meat, deforestation, road-kill, pollution and pesticides has taken its toll globally.
There is also a decline in our own wild-life. Birds that used to be common are becoming scarce. Animals that used to be a regular sight are not becoming extinct. The hedge-hog, barn owl, hare, slow-worm and dormouse are just a small number of those at risk.
Insects and other invertebrates have declined by a staggering 56%. These are the food for many of our birds and mammals.
They too are subject to the same problems as the larger animals abroad.
- All too often the first instinct of anyone finding an insect, snake or rodent is to kill it.
- Hedges, trees and areas of natural vegetation are being scrubbed up for industrial farming or just to make places look tidier.
- Pesticides are deployed in huge amounts. They indiscriminately kill all insects and deprive the larger animals of food.
There are things we can do:
- We can protect the trees and hedges around us so that birds and animals have somewhere to nest and insects have something to eat.
- We can educate our children so that they see that all life, even the spiders and insects, is to be wondered at, respected and treated with love and care.
- We can stop using pesticides on our gardens.
- We can leave wild areas with various plants and rotting wood, slates and rocks for insects to have a home.
- We can set up nesting boxes for bats, birds and mammals.
- We can set up feeding stations.
- We can plant flowers that provide nectar for insects.
Then we can sit back and watch the butterflies, bees, birds and other wild-life proliferating in the oasis you have provided.
Conservation starts at home. It’s the small things that count! We can make a difference! Help build a new positive zeitgeist!