Sri Lanka – Some magnificent birds.

Nature is wonderful!!

Humanity has wiped out 60% of Mammals, Birds, Fish and Reptiles since 1970

This is a worse crisis than Coronavirus or Global warming.

It comes as no surprise to me that this is the case. In my lifetime I have witnessed the crashes in population both here in the UK and abroad. As a biologist, and naturalist, I have found this incredibly distressing.

In the UK the creatures that were common in my childhood – the toads, frogs, newts, hedgehogs, slowworms, snakes and lizards – are now rare. The streams are devoid of life. The insects and butterflies are not buzzing around. The skies are not full of flocks of swallows and swifts.

In the Amazon the rainforest burns. In Africa, the chimps, bonobos and gorillas are being hunted to extinction. Everywhere I have travelled – Australia, Africa, South America, China, Phillipines, Borneo, Vietnam – it is the same story – deforestation and the destruction of habitat – a burgeoning human population – overfishing and hunting.

Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970. We are systematically destroying our planet.

massacre of wildlife is made in a major report produced by WWF and involving 59 scientists from across the globe.

Mike Barrett, executive director of science and conservation at WWF. “This is far more than just being about losing the wonders of nature, desperately sad though that is,” he said. “This is actually now jeopardising the future of people. Nature is not a ‘nice to have’ – it is our life-support system.”

In the UK it is relentless – every tree cut down, hedgerow ripped up, stream culverted,  ponds filled in, is another nail in the coffin. The mowing of verges, the spraying of fields. It is almost as if we hate nature.

Abroad they are chopping rainforest for agriculture. There are no places left for the gorillas, the orangutan, elephants or tigers. If they dare to ‘encroach’ they are killed.

I am told that people have to eat, to feed their children. The truth is that there are too many children.

Nature is our lifeline. It provides our atmosphere. We are part of a complex web that feeds the soil, pollinates our crops, gives us the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat – yet we are destroying it.

In the process, we are releasing pandemics and herding ourselves into cities and plastic environments.

We are endangering our own survival on the planet!