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The now dis­used air­port near Bo has no record of bird strikes dev­as­ta­tion to ru­ral land and ex­ist­ing homes that de­vel­op­ing Gatwick or Heathrow fur­ther would cause, not to men­tion the colos­sal ex­pense and dis­rup­tion. Did I men­tion that those want­ing to re-open the air­port want to cre­ate the world’s first air­craft re-cy­cling op­er­a­tion? In­stead of park­ing re­dun­dant air­craft in the desert – the avi­a­tion equiv­a­lent of land­fill, parts and ma­te­ri­als could be re-used. There we have it: agri­cul­ture and hous­ing be­ing cham­pi­oned by con­ser­va­tion­ists, be­cause they think its greener than an air­port; which, when you look deeper and wider, is just not the case. What has this got to do with a leisurely stroll in Eng­land’s green and pleas­ant land with your binoc­u­lars? Ev­ery­thing! The beauty of birds in­cludes all the red­ness of beak and claw. Flesh tear­ing and can­ni­bal­ism are as much part of avian life as pretty feath­ers and charm­ing song. We have to un­der­stand ev­ery­thing that nat­u­ral life en­com­passes to ap­pre­ci­ate the won­der of na­ture, not just the Holy­wood ver­sion. When it comes to the ‘real’ hu­man world we need to delve deep into the re­al­i­ties, too, not just hug trees and aspire to ve­g­an­ism. Bo Be­olens runs fat­birder.com and other web­sites. He has writ­ten a num­ber of books Do you agree, or dis­agree, with Bo? Email us at bird­watch­ing@bauer­me­dia.co.uk

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