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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Right or wrong? please debate....

     I have a slight dilemma here this morning. For the time I have attended my place of work at the fun factory (notice the use of attended not actually worked), the small areas of grass that border the factory have been left mainly untended and used primarily for a dumping ground for all manner of factory waste. For people who try to look up instead of being downcast when here there has always been an abundance of wildlife to observe. Indeed I've seen rabbit, shrew, fox, bats, crested newt, badger, clouds of swirling starlings, buzzard, kestrel, sparrow hawk and even a green woodpecker for a season. 

     But since last autumn that has changed as we have been taken over by a worldwide company and apparently appearances are all. So now the these areas are rapidly becoming manicured deserts bereft of so much life. Now my dilemma be this.....the picking of wildflowers is illegal in this country but within this managed desert I came across some chewed n stunted cowslips now obviously struggling with the new cutting regime. So do I leave them to their own devices or do I relocate them to somewhere more suitable where they perhaps may flourish once again? 

     Well the law abiding side of me says no, why without rules there will be chaos. If we all went doing just want we wanted to do where would society end up? But the piracy side says hang on a mo, free plants for the wildflower area beneath thy orchard John? Methinks that this would be a goodly thing to do.....



     Well I guess it's down to your own conscious what you would do, to me it's a no brainer and these will be ensconced in their new home this evening on my back from the fun factory. 

     Til next time, take care me hearties ahhh haa 

John 

16 comments:

  1. Moving plants.......perfectly fine johno
    Take a wheelbarrow next time

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    1. Not sure the powers that be would appreciate one of their engineers picking a barrow load of flowers instead of the usual swearing at and hitting of broken machinery.

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  2. You could email the new folks in charge and set out why it is a good idea not to mow everything to within an inch of its life and tell them your observations on how the wildlife is changing as a result. Back it up with some links to websites that have information based on scientific reports that support this view (try natural england, the RSPB, Butterfly Conservation, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and Plantlife.org for starters). You may find you get a good result. Give people the chance to understand what is happening and why it matters and what their role in protecting these things can be and you might find they embrace it and change their practices.

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    1. Mmmmm. Doubtful but I may well give it a try CT, thanks for the advice.

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  3. I agree with John Gray and Countryside Tales. They would only get thrown away or mowed to oblivion if you don't move them or report them to the powers that be. It's good that you care about creating natural habitats in an industrial setting. Me thinks its time to take some more of your great photographs, John.

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    1. Thanks Dave, I'm not sure that my photos are up to scratch.... There is some pretty amazing photography out there on the blogosphere.

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  4. Ya done right, John. We have those same laws over here, which mostly is good, but they look down on folk digging up flowers from ditches even. Just subject them to insecticides, fungicides, flooding and littering - it's all good (that's me being sarcastic). Kudos. I hope they transplant well for you.

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    1. Cheers Casey, time will only tell if the move is a successful bit of piracy.

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  5. Did them up mate! So long as they get planted again it's no bad thing. The laws afre more to stop you digging them up and selling them anyway.

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    1. All done Kev, I understand where the laws are helpful but sometimes a little re-interpretation is required.

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  6. Stupid laws are meant to be broken. If it's between saving a plant or seeing it destroyed, is there any dilemma?

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    1. Certainly not for me Cro, though there's always some liberal do gooder awaiting to self righteously rock the boat.

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    2. Am in total agreement with Cro. When rare plants are in danger of being mowed or sprayed out of existence, then they need to be saved.

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  7. I think I would agree with CT - if the new Company in charge can be encouraged to see sense - they could create a great wildlife haven there which would help lots of species as well as the cowslips. However, it is one of those difficult dilemmas and if the cowslips are in danger well...........

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    1. I think one of the hurdles in this case is the fact that it's classed as a food manufacturing site and the thought of wee beasties roaming free sends the management into free fall

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