A February Blog



Welcome to my blog. It began as a chat with potential young readers, changed to a rant on writing, transformed into an inspirational string of my favourite quotes, and in this form it remains. My belief being, that I cannot possibly say anything better than the authors can. My best hope is to curate them and let their wise words speak for themselves!

I do feel obliged to turn up personally, however, with a monthly snippet of something. A fillet of plaice Gerald Durrell might say.

This February I read that thousands more new homes will be built in this country, to solve housing shortages, and I am wondering what will happen to the thousands of wildlife homes that will be destroyed. I am wondering if this is something one is even allowed to ask, when our shores are flooded with people needing homes. Again the question of man versus beast. At the annual Natural History Museum’s wildlife photography exhibition, there is always a section that stills the throng.

It speaks of our planet. And man’s impact. And the consequences for our dwindling wildlife. A gorilla stares desperately up at the camera from her lone tree, swaying above a scene of carnage and destruction. Her eyes speak of confusion. All she has learnt, inherited, intuited – useless against the total destruction of her habitat and all her fellow life. She survives but for how long? What can she make of her life, her knowledge, her love?

I hope in the voicing of this question, a tiny seed of hope might take root. Perhaps it is too late for her, and her ancestors. Yet possibly a new world might take the time to save a refuge for a smaller band of her descendants. We share this planet. If they go down – they will take us with them.

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If every thing has it’s place in our world, then each lost species must irrevocably change the balance.

Ospreys were lost to the United Kingdom, but thanks to the faith and determination of carers – Ospreys once more have a place in the British Isles. If only all species threatened not just by loss of one place, but by loss entire, could be so saved.

The World Wildlife has a terrifying list of critically endangered species:

Endangered, Vulnerable and Threatened Animals.

And just recently I heard of the plight of the vulture, in Africa, which is in danger of being wiped out by one simple painkiller. A bird that can process and detoxify a killing bacterium such as Typhoid, amongst others, cannot process a painkiller.

How dark would our world be without our wild friends?

We can learn, educate, help out, donate, adopt.  But to care, is the simple beginning.

Here are some beautiful words – I hope they inspire you, too:

‘We need another wiser and perhaps more mystical concept of animals. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings, they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.’

Henry Beston