A wise old bird

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

YOUR ar­ti­cle about owls (Septem­ber 27) took me back to pri­mary school in the early 1970s. My fa­ther found a dead barn owl, which we brought to school and the teacher cre­ated a les­son around the un­for­tu­nate bird. It made me think how sad it is that this sort of thing wouldn’t be pos­si­ble now, due to rules and reg­u­la­tions. I be­lieve my love of flora and fauna was im­bued in me by my pri­mary school, where na­ture walks were a weekly oc­cur­rence, we dis­sected owl pel­lets to find out what the birds had eaten and were in­tro­duced to a wide va­ri­ety of wildlife from the dead spec­i­mens we found and shared in class. It also taught us that some­times we need to man­age wildlife to give all species a chance— some­thing that would be use­ful to­day in the bad­ger­cull de­bates. I’m sure that if chil­dren were in­tro­duced to Na­ture in this way again, the next gen­er­a­tion’s un­der­stand­ing of the nat­u­ral world would be in­creased. James Rose, Worces­ter­shire

Mark Hedges

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