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Wednesday, 2 March 2011

The butchers are back

A morning spent round the lake, in the company of the birds, to try and take my mind of the redundancy.

They’re certainly getting through some food at the footbridge, and hopefully I’ll be able to continue feeding them. The Crows and Magpies were down first; a Robin and Blackbird soon joined them at the bird table.
On the bridge, a couple of Mallard that seem to have realised there is food about; Long Tailed Tits, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting, Wood Pigeon, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Chaffinch, are now all regular visitors.

As I left the bridge to walk round the lake, my joy soon turned to dismay. The butchers have returned to wreak more havoc on the shrubs around the lake. Not content with their assault before Christmas, they’ve returned to seemingly wipe out the rest of the greenery. It really is heartbreaking to see.

Nesting sites have been hacked to the ground. When the spring migrants arrive, not only will the food supply be diminished, but now, nowhere to nest. They’re ripping the soul out of the lake.

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  34


  1. That was heartbreaking Keith, I could feel your anguish...and not what you needed at all after yesterday's bad news.

    Is there someone you could have a moan to such as the council? I know they can't put back what they have removed but perhaps it might stop them devastating the place even more. A letter to your local paper maybe? It seems to me they are so thick that the loss of habitation and nesting sites hasn't even occurred to them. Someone needs to point it out to them!

  2. I don’t bloody believe it, I’m just gobsmacked!!

    Why would anybody need to chop down shrubs that are just coming into bud and in the process destroy all that wildlife habitat? If you’re going to chop things down just as they are going to put on a show why bloody plant them in the first place, it’s just disgusting.

    In my opinion the person who authorised this vandalism wants chopping off at the ankles in the same manner. I guess whoever it is has a “high falutin” degree that says that this is what you have to do!

    Keep your spirits up Keith; just don’t let the buggers get you down :)

  3. I feel for you Keith.
    It's called habitat mismanagement. Pound to a penny you have a counsellor with a landscaping business.
    Worse than graffiti, no other word for it than pig ignorant vandalism.
    Were there a bright side than I would suggest you look at it. I'm afraid I, like you can only see the dark side.

  4. Thanks Jan. ‘The Parks Trust’ are the people who ‘look after’ the lakes and most of the green spaces round here. The last episode of vandalism, I confronted the manager of the landscape company, who was showing the latest piece of vandalism to a man from the Parks Trust. He gave me a stock answer of ‘a 3 year plan’ or something.
    Someone else did write to the local paper a while ago, about it all. Seems it fell on deaf ears.
    Maybe I need to shout louder.

    Trevor, totally agree mate. I just couldn’t believe what I had seen. First they took away the winter shelter; now they’ve destroyed the nesting habitat.

    Adrian, you are probably right about the counsellor. I’m lost for suitable words.

  5. Seems we have both come under the blade--today the Electric Company sent out this HUGE noisey Machine to cut back the branches of any tree that dare get to close to the power lines...What a mess they made and its such a waste of time and Money--
    SEND a letter to the editor of your local newspaper...that will at least bring attention to it!!

  6. The monsters, everyone of them. I should think they are dead meat. It's time to meet their maker.

  7. Sondra, the thing that gets me in all this, is the world and its politicians are up in arms over the destruction of rainforests, (and quite rightly too), and yet locally, this kind of thing goes on with no protest. The world has become a terrible place.

    Bob, a great comment. And I'd gladly pull the trigger.