Europe is facing “biodiversity oblivion” on its farmland

This article in the Guardian (one of many published back in March) is well worth a read. Despite the mono-culture farming that is happening on the land, Graveney and Nagden Marsh is nevertheless home to skylarks, lapwings, brent geese, marsh harriers and many others. We cannot let these creatures be forced out of their home by the proposed industrialisation of this coastal countryside.

A skylark with insects in its beak, in the Lake District, England. Photo by DAVID ILIFF

“We’ve lost a quarter of skylarks in 15 years. It’s huge, it’s really, really huge. If this was the human population, it would be a major thing,” said Dr Benoit Fontaine of France’s National Museum of Natural History and co-author of one of the new studies, a national survey of France’s common birds. “We are turning our farmland into a desert. We are losing everything and we need that nature, that biodiversity – the agriculture needs pollinators and the soil fauna. Without that, ultimately, we will die.”

via Europe faces ‘biodiversity oblivion’ after collapse in French birds, experts warn | Environment | The Guardian


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