Image: Jonathan Buckley
Modern living and the effects of climate change combine to undermine much that we take for granted. The complex web of animal and plant life in our fields, verges, gardens, woods and streams is under attack, and is being weakened little-by-little in a way which we often don’t notice.
Recent years have seen insect and other wildlife numbers drop at an alarming rate. We risk losing some of them for ever. Across the world, a third of our trees have disappeared, adding to the threat of global warming and even to the air we breathe. Here in our Parish each year we lose more trees than are planted. Birds, other animals and plants that were once a common sight are now rare or have disappeared completely.
These problems may at first seem too big for us to take on, but everywhere small communities like ours have decided they are too important to be left to others. Now is the time for all of us to get involved.