It’s so warm at the moment, relatively to the December norm we expect, yet over the centuries and millennia the temperatures have always changed … it’s what we should realise and not be surprised by ….
As humans, who are impacting the planet, we have a duty to conserve and protect … we need our diversity … we must manage our natural resources for our future - without them there will be no us.
… we can do this conserving by protecting one, two or a few species as we go about our normal lives, all will help protect the earth in the coming future. Every species has a job to do …
|Happy Field Mouse|
Each tiny patch of garden, or window box give us benefits … a relaxing hobby, some exercise in the fresh air … yet these simple processes of nature support wildlife and replenish the atmosphere.
|Snout out ... nosing around|
Out on our country stops … I couldn’t help but think of the wildlife lurking … I remember hedgehogs from my childhood days, and while with my uncle he pointed out the dormice nests in his hedges …
|Beneficial overgrown hedge around|
a Silver Birch tree
Each animal and plant has something specific for another … and we need a mix around our homes … that word ‘diversity’ again … well-kept lawns, some left alone (to a point) … corridors for movement – our predilection for habitat fragmentation: our desire ‘to fence things in’ … we don’t like it – why should they?
|Let's have a few of these|
So give a thought to your home and garden … give us some greening, some corridors of movement, don’t pull all the weeds up – they’re plants, just as far as we are concerned, in the wrong place!
As winter comes upon us – there’s no reason not to get out and about … take the children and grandchildren, or grandparents even! … appreciating what makes the earth tick and what keeps us alive.
|North Devon Lane|
Have a break and take a walk on the wildside … pick up some leaflets and get to understand their lives – they too need to tick over, if we don’t have that biodiversity our planet and our way of life will be curtailed even more.
Be aware – we have a responsibility, as well as all those who think they don’t, or can’t be bothered … let’s get educating and, in our small way, help this world survive …
|An array ...|
Here’s to the array of hedgehogs with their hoglets, who during the cold will hibernate … as too the field mouse, or dormouse nestling down for the winter … do not disturb signs hang outside their leafy shelters, or twiggy-grassy homes …
|Christmas is coming and we'll be asleep|
Our layby stop giving us time to reflect on life while the powers that be discuss climate change … we, each in our own small way, can probably, and should do more …
PS I thought I'd add in the weather temperature here in Eastbourne on the south coast - it is 11 deg C, will rise to 12 deg C and stay like that overnight tonight. It is colder up north.
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