Wildlife – A matter of Life and Death
We, humans, may have all the technology and academia behind us, but one thing’s for certain; Wildlife can survive without us, we cannot survive without wildlife.
Every living creature has a purpose whether it be to eat or be eaten, it’s like the song ‘I know an old Lady who swallowed a Fly’. Everything she swallowed was to catch something else and this is apparent in our homes and gardens, you take away one part of a chain and everything else is affected, especially so with Invertebrates.
I harp on a lot about the Media showing too much Nature from around the World. I’m not a killjoy, love to watch the exoctic creatures, but my point is that saving our Planet starts outside our own back door, if not within our homes.
Like Charity, it begins at home.
There are many things we do which can destroy the chain; Weedkillers, Fly Sprays, Slug Pellets etc. etc. They may well work, butwhat are we killing off as a side effect of it?
Slug Pellets will see off our Hedgehog population who feed on them, Weedkillers and other Fertilizers will destroy necessary Insects in the circle of things.
Go beyond that and we find ourselves, through searching for low maintenance gardening, filling our back gardens with Concrete.
Sure many things are a nuisance, but controlling them in a friendly way is a far better option and will assure us of more organic growth to the vegetables we may be growing.
A good example of this is introducing Ladybirds around our crops, they’ll eat more blackfly than we could see off by using unfriendly Insect Killer and leave our plants ‘spray free’.
I believe that mankind is under just as much threat for it’s future by not caring for nature as it is in ending itself in some stupid and mad conflict between fellow man.
Nature gets on with it. A baby Lamb can walk a few minutes after being born, we can’t! Some who see us as the master race on Earth should think again!
Finally on the subject of more home grown nature on say the TV., sure we have Countryfile, Spring / Winter / Autumnwatch which are truly great programmes, but before emphasis is put on creatures from other Continents, we have quite a lot of beautiful creatures on these Islands as well !