Hedge removal will impact migratory birds and ultimately lead to their extinction

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This by Angela Hewitt of the Naturezones Wildlife Field Studies Center. Ed


I don’t know who owns this cut hedge along the road to Whippingham Roundabout from Newport, but I was shocked at its decimation.

For years it has been a rich source of nectar from the many flowers for bees and other insects for years it has been a nesting site for our returning migratory birds and the loss of caterpillars. But this year, when they come back, their house will be gone.

This is precisely why our bird populations are facing catastrophic extinction.

magnetically controlled memory
Birds have been carefully studied and proven to have a unique kind of controlled magnetic memory. This means that they return to the same nesting site where they hatched each year.

If this site disappears, they can no longer breed new young. They flounder, wander in a feeble attempt to find a nearby alternative, but there is none. Of the ten possible ones who successfully manage the perilous journey home, one may find somewhere, while the others just hang around, return to Africa without raising any young, and eventually all disappear.

So when these migrating birds return to the Whippingham Roundabout nesting site, they will find it gone.

profound ignorance
There is deep ignorance among landowners and various authorities regarding nature conservation and why it is so important in sustaining our environment and preventing progressive climate change.

It’s time for them to learn that everything is connected.

My mission is for our future, not for today’s playground
I guess football is more important (see background), but I haven’t changed my mind. My mission is for our future, not for today’s playground. I have absolutely nothing against football, but everyone needs to be educated about nature, including footballers. I don’t see how removing the hurdle helps football.

Obviously, the ecological consultant knows nothing about bird migration.

Why did the CBI approve such destruction?
Also Cllr Jonathan Bacon claims,

“Our climate and environment strategy defines our ambitions to reduce and offset carbon emissions.”

“Planting trees on communal land is a visible indication of the actions we take and a tangible sign of our commitment to our UNESCO biosphere status.”

So why did the council approve such destruction?

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