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Wildlife Conservation Warwickshire
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Wildlife Conservation Warwickshire

Do you or members of your family have a passion for wildlife and wildlife conservation Warwickshire to be exact. Wetlands, grasslands, woodlands, birds,otters,butterflies, frogs and newts, their all on your doorstep.

I have lived in the area most of my life and i have seen many changes involving the countryside around us over years and the effects it can have on the animals that live in it. Wetland habitats have been drained and built on, wild flower meadows that had lay undisturbed for centuries cleared to make way for motorways, industrial estates. I am aware that change is inevitable, as a race we are driven by progress, its has to happen and its does and always will, but the price we pay for these advances can affect all of us, least of all the wildlife that lives, or did inhabit the area previously.

Some animals have the ability to flee the area and relocate to a suitable location near by, others are lost forever. Breeding Snipe numbers are down 62% in England and Wales as wetland areas are drained, the once common water vole that i would sit and observer as a child when fishing, if you could not see them you could hear them chewing at the juicy shoots growing along the rivers margin, a 94% reduction in sites where they exist, i quite often stand at the waters edge in the hope of seeing these once plentiful little critters, but unfortunately i have not seen one for years in this area.

The Duke of Burgundy Fritillary is already extinct, nationally woodland butterflies have seen a 74% decline in numbers since 1990, that's just over 20 years, three quarters have vanished. I have noticed local authorities have started to plant out areas with wild flower mix on roundabouts along our road system and in parks in an attempt to address the imbalance this work is certainly a step in the right direction, but you can not help feeling that if this simple procedure had been adopted by local councils and alike 20 or 30 years ago some of the issues we have now may have been avoided, least of all the decline in bee numbers.

But there is hope, there is group of individuals working hard to preserve and improve what we still have in the Warwickshire area and there is lots still to enjoy and we can all help in some way if you want to !

The Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, have over 55 sites in the county, wetlands, woodlands, grassland and artificial, quarries, railway embankments.

Young or old there is something for all, most young children love nature and they, are our lands future and all that lives in it, bring them on board and they can make a difference, as we all can and enjoy it.


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