Poster by courtesy of Samuel Hood (Under the Hood Photography)
We also have two places left on the Spindlestone walk on Saturday 25th May. Details available on booking.
The recent State of Nature Study makes for some depressing reading, although I'm sure much of it will not have come as any real surprise to those who are involved in watching nature on a regular basis. Older watchers will have witnessed the steady decline over many areas, whilst also acknowledging some major successes in other areas.
The work done by various groups and organisations to put forward the facts is to be applauded. Especially because much of the work is done by volunteers. Despite the work of such organisations wildlife continues to decline. This is hardly surprising when we witness so much loss of habitat and hear so little from politicians about what they intend to do to ensure that nature is firmly placed on the political agenda.
We can't only blame politicians however, as individual members of communities often show little interest, insight or concern as to the needs of local wildlife and habitats and to conservation. It takes little thought to understand how nature is hit when one looks at how local habitats are these days used by individuals (in their gardens is one example) and by Local Authorities who seem to want to ensure cleanliness at all costs.
I live in hope that the organisations and groups in the area that I live will fight strongly in the interests of nature and conservation. I will in future only support those that I can see actively doing so. In the meantime I shall in my small way continue to raise awareness as an RSPB volunteer.