Wildlife in danger
THE CANALS ARE long wildlife nature corridors threading through the towns, cities and countryside and should be preserved and treasured.
On the Lancaster Canal, we have vast ribbon lengths of tall weed beds, replacing what used to be grassy windflower havens. These are now often displaced by large beds of invasive species that crowd out native plants.
When the canal was in use commercially it was pretty grimy in some places, but despite this, the wildlife flourished.
Now we allow ourselves to be ruled by the tunnel vision of the ‘Nature Stazi’. Ducks must not eat bread, beavers, wolves and lynx are being reintroduced into Britain, to join the grey squirrel population, which is killing off our native reds.
Bees are in serious decline. Butterflies have been decimated and nature in general is shrinking fast through want of attention.
For example, 200 years ago they had a swan mortuary in Lancaster and obviously thought wildlife important. If you report any sick or dying swan to any of our many wildlife organisations now, you are lucky to get past the ‘Join us and donate’ page on their website. One wildlife organisation said, “Why have you contacted us?”
Perhaps this picture can make us realise which road to follow.
How things should look