Cus­to­di­ans of Mull land have re­spon­si­bil­i­ties

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, In re­sponse to the let­ter from Tim Lid­don of Til­hill Forestry ( The Oban

Times, April 27), many pes­ti­cides that are now banned – for ex­am­ple, organophos­phates – were once au­tho­rised and ap­proved by gov­ern­ment and scientific au­thor­i­ties.

Neon­i­coti­noids are al­ready banned in some Euro­pean coun­tries and are shortly to be banned by the EU.

Pes­ti­cides are de­signed to kill, and neon­i­coti­noids de­stroys acetyl­choline in nerves and the brain.

The haz­ards for the neon­i­coti­noid pes­ti­cide Gazelle (which is an ac­etamiprid) are: 1. highly water sol­u­ble 2. very per­sis­tent in aquatic sys­tems 3. mod­er­ate mam­malian tox­i­c­ity 4. high po­ten­tial for bioac­cu­mu­la­tion 5. highly toxic to birds and earth­worms 6. toxic to aquatic or­gan­isms 7. con­tam­i­nates other plants, which de­pend on in­sect pol­li­na­tion, by the fun­gal my­c­or­rhizal as­so­ci­a­tion from the sys­temic treated trees. (I in­vite read­ers check for your­self about ac­etamiprid.)

Yes, we en­joy the forests, but also for their wildlife and flow­ers. Mull has one of the rich­est va­ri­ety and con­cen­tra­tion of wildlife in Europe – golden ea­gles, a flour­ish­ing hen har­rier pop­u­la­tion (which is de­clin­ing in the rest of UK) and in­sects not found any where else.

Til­hill Forestry has a re­spon­si­bil­ity, as cus­to­dian of the land for future gen­er­a­tions, to en­sure that this won­der­ful di­ver­sity of wildlife and flow­ers (which de­pend on in­sect pol­li­na­tors, such as bees) are pro­tected.

Wildlife tourism is also a ma­jor fac­tor in Mull’s econ­omy. Michael Shil­son, Der­vaig, Isle of Mull.

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