Friday, 5 September 2008

wildlife under threat...

this beautiful scene is under threat from a nearby canal development. This woodland is home to a population of the threatened dormouse, as well as otter. To redevelop a canal BIG diggers would need ro drive down here with dump trucks and many trees would be removed, meaning that dormice wouldn't be able to use the connecting tree canopy.

This development is controversial as it is very costly - over £20 million, tax payers money will be used, as I understand the original canal never held water - deep bore holes were drilled to replenish the leaks and 100 years later the water table is now lower than it used to be and anyway the canal was soon superceeded by the railway. Joining up two great rivers will also mean that non-native species such as the signal crayfish (present throughout the Upper Thames catchment) will be able to use these new water courses to predate the native white clawed crayfish.

It is argued that there are socio-economic gains to be made for regeneration, such as tourism for example, but at what cost and where will it stop? Wildlife needs protecting and we must make sure that scenes like the one above aren't lost forever...

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