For some time now, I have been making artwork concerned with bird corridors – having no specialist knowledge whatsoever, but knowing instinctively the importance of keeping them open. So I was delighted to hear the talk this morning, by naturalist and ecologist Rod Lawrence (www.farawaywildlife.com).
He spoke of bio-diversity and its importance to the climate – saying that one species missing, made extinct by human activity, has a knock-on effect upon the whole of our ecosystem.
Referring to the World Heritage Site in South Devon, he spoke of the need to create ecological corridors so that plants and animals can move in relation to a changing climate. Otherwise they are trapped, and will become extinct. Nature reserves must be joined up, and passages cleared around urban areas, so that whole ecosystems can move.
Not only that, but species needed to be put back – and reserves made less like gardens, more like real wilderness. Humankind caused the damage. It is up to us to try to repair it.