Environmental Issues

Wildlife Conservation in the UK

With all the talk of climate change (notice how they never call it global warming any more) and government plans to reduce carbon emissions, I have noticed how it’s all gone very quiet in the last couple of years. Since the recession struck, all concern about environmental issues seems to have gone very quiet now. However on a micro level, people are becoming increasingly interested in ecology and wildlife conservation, to the point that many are taking an active role themselves.

UK countrysideOn a research level, there are numerous gadgets and devices now available for the monitoring, counting and catching of wildlife. Whilst I’m not an advocate of catching them unless totally necessary, I do appreciate that it’s a valid part of conservation. For example, if a developer is planning to pull down an old building and replace it with a block of flats, there are certain things they must check for first, such as the presence of bats. If bats are found in the roof (or anywhere else for that matter) the developer must stop work. Now, whilst the vast majority do play by the rules, there undoubtedly a few who choose to ignore the bats and the law protecting them and continue regardless. As a result I have heard of someone who actually spent their own money on a bat detecting device and stands outside potential development sites to see if they are present.

On a younger theme, many schools now take the children out into the countryside, or at least to a local pond, to monitor the wildlife which is present in there. Schools can be a great source of data for ecological surveys and the kids love it too!

We have quite a lot of wildlife in this country considering how well populated we are (or do I mean over populated, Hmmm, well, that’s another post altogether) partly due to the ability of some animals to adapt to their surroundings, such as the urban fox, or dare I even mention rats! However many others are struggling, due to habitat loss, a good example being the Dormouse, this is a nocturnal creature which is seldom seen and is now protected by law due to it’s declining numbers, if it weren’t for some of the wildlife conservation initiatives being put in place by the likes of natural england this creature could soon be gone from our shores forever.

So everyone should do their bit, plant a tree, grow some honeybee friendly plants in your garden, dig a pond or simply support those people and organisations who do and we can conserve and protect the nature in the UK for many more generations to come.

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