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Letter: We need a few more 'inconvenient' bird nests



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SIR – The reports in the local papers declaring that, at long last, the bird's nest under the bridge at Holmsley has been removed and the C10 road is now open again rather makes it sound as if the unfortunate birds were guilty of committing the ultimate crime against mankind by choosing to nest there!

After experiencing yet another absolutely horrendous weekend of revving engines and yelling and hooting from the endless stream of frustrated motorists stuck in the jam as they use our village as a convenient (or actually not so convenient!) attempt to avoid the centre of Lyndhurst, I can only say that if I had to choose, then the nesting birds would definitely take priority over the motorists any day.

Station Road is now open after being shut due to a bird nest
Station Road is now open after being shut due to a bird nest

I despair at the damage that is being done to our environment by all this unnecessary pollution and wonder whether perhaps the answer would be to encourage more birds to start nesting in “inconvenient” places!

It is frightening to see what we are doing to our planet. People have learnt absolutely nothing from that wonderful May in 2020 when we had our first proper lockdown and there was no traffic on the roads anywhere.

The air was clear and clean and fresh. You could hear the birds singing and you could actually open your gate and walk up the road with no danger of being flattened.

But now everyone is back in their cars again with a vengeance – all busy getting nowhere – or jetting off abroad, and all their vows to holiday at home and support the recent climate convention just a distant memory!

This year I have left my now ungrazed paddock to grow wild, eagerly looking forward to seeing what wildlife would be attracted to the flowers and grasses. Instead I have been absolutely horrified at the complete lack of birds and insects.

My two buddleia bushes should be covered in peacock and red admiral butterflies, the cabbage whites should be targeting the vegetables, and there should be a myriad moths and crane flies etc invading our homes at night attracted by the light – but there is nothing!

Nor do I see the glow worms out on the Forest heathlands now. I can remember back in 1980 the whole of the moor just down the road from here being lit up with millions of twinkling lights – it was magical.

I find it all really alarming but I am sure there will be plenty of readers who disagree and say that they still have an abundance of everything.

But here, in this one small area, the difference compared to a few years ago is unbelievable and very depressing but never mind – hurrah, everybody, the nesting birds are gone and the C10 is back in action again. And that’s all that really matters!

Mrs J. A. Booth,
Emery Down



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