I have spent 25 years making my garden as wildlife-friendly as I can and I have identified almost 30 bird species on my feeders. I have also sat out during the evening with a bat detector listening to pipistrelles hunting, and have photographed visiting squirrels, hedgehogs, foxes and badgers, mainly due to the railway cutting at the end of the garden acting as a wildlife corridor.
The bats disappeared a few years ago when developers built a new housing estate in the fields beyond the railway, grubbing out a hedge where bats roosted in old trees. In recent weeks, Network Rail has removed growth from the railway cutting down almost to the last blade of grass. Sawn-off timber has been shredded so not even logs remain to provide for insect life.
Consequently, what was once a useful wildlife corridor has been turned into a desert. The bullfinches have gone, along with the great tits and robins.
We try to contribute to the welfare of wildlife, doing what we can in our own small way, just to witness it all being swept away in a matter of days by an act of corporate vandalism.
Paul Jennings, Warwickshire
Editor Fergus Collins replies: This is sadly a very common tale and reveals once again the low value placed on wildlife habitats.
Birdfeeders are the first step to a wildlifefriendly garden