Saturday, 13 November 2010

A message in the dregs

Thousands of pounds spent on sacrificial crops, tens of thousands of pounds spent on consultancy, millions spent on the restoration project and the result........ not much to sing and dance about.

Someone dumps a load of screenings from a filter on the side of the road because they can't be bothered to take them to landfill and the result...... 50+ Chaffinches, 1 Brambling, 20 + Tree Sparrow and 8 Reed Bunting (and some pigeons).

There is a lesson in here somewhere. Probably something like- 'make use of the zero cost material and resources you have available on site to attract birds rather than (or as well as) trying expensive 'sophisticated' and 'clever' methods which are just as effective or in most cases worse and in Beddington's case - don't work at all :-))'

What a load of sh#t.


john said...

Years ago I was involved in a study of bird populations in the wetlands of Northern Arizona. The results showed that sewer ponds had about ten times the population and diversity that the natural wetlands had. Go figure.

Peter Alfrey said...

Exactly- most of my birding is done on:
landfill sites
sewage farms
out falls
gravel pits