Thursday, July 04, 2013

Where have all the swallows gone?

Taken about 1962 with my Agiflex iii
Old barns and farm buildings are being re-modelled as dwelling houses. 
We are destroying their nesting places. 
We are using pesticides as dangerous to wildlife as DDT was. Birds feeding on insect life are giving contaminated food to their young. 
We are killing off bees. and we have the gall to wonder why swallows are disappearing from our skies.
Swifts nest in house roofs, we are blocking their entry places with flock insulation.
House Martins plaster their nests below roof eaves but buildings now are different and gable ends are not in style.
Our gardens are being desecrated with 'decking' and patios. bushes and shrubs are being ripped out.
Now we wonder why we don't see blackbirds and thrushes and small songbirds in our gardens.
Of course we won't see them. We have destroyed their protective cover from predatory cats and possible nesting places are not there, to encourage them to stop with us.
Mankind is so stupid; unfortunately when we go the way of the dinosaurs we will have killed off so many species that all that will be left to populate the world will be insect life.
Roll on King Queen ant.

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