Hey, conservation does work! Can we have more of it, please?
Thursday, 11th September 2014
The recently published 2014 “State of the Birds Report” in the US spells out what has been good and bad for birds, and the message is crystal clear: habitat loss is the key reason for population declines.
Habitat loss isn’t unique to the US, we're all cashing in the planet’s chips (its resources) and that trend has passed around the globe faster than the ice bucket challenge and selling loombands at the school gate. Habitat loss impacts biodiversity throughout the world and we in the UK are more used to associating this loss in the shape of rainforest deforestation, for commodities such as palm nut. Habitat, though, comes in all shapes and sizes: in the UK, 98% of meadows are already gone. (The EU announced plans to deliver new EU “no plough” rules to protect grassland and – allegedly – some farmers “panic ploughed” their grassland ahead of the new legislation. In effect, delivering the first blow (to nature) before the EU could even throw in the towel).
That’s the bad news.
“The good news,” according to the Cornell Chronicle, “is that conservation works, with bird populations recovering in areas where people have made strong conservation efforts, such as wetlands.”
When I think about the biodiversity provided by a healthy bird garden it soon becomes clear that all of nature is inextricably linked. It’s surely impossible to just have a bird garden as the birds won’t visit a sterilised zone that doesn’t support other life forms – that’s an aviary. Which means that a healthy bird garden is supporting a variation of life; in other words, if whatever we’re doing is working for the birds, it’s working for nature and we’re caretaking valuable (multi species) habitat.
Get your garden ready for autumn – swap to high energy Haith’s bird foods today!
Written by Simon H. King