Wildlife in dan­ger

Canal Boat - - Letters - FRANK SAN­DER­SON, via email

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

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