Posted: 20/11/2014 at 13:48
Welshonion - those last two sentences. That's exactly what I meant. Those blocks of forestry with Norwegian Spruce planted about 2 feet apart create deserts. Nothing can live on the forest floor and precious little in the trees themselves. We are talking monocultures, the same as a sea of wheat. Neither is any use to wildlife.
I agree we need farmers to feed a growing population, population being part of the problem but I won't touch on that for fear of political incorrectness. However there is no getting away from the fact that agriculture has become so efficient that farmland species of which the Corn Bunting is but one, are disappearing fast. Once upon a time, grain was spilt...giving Corn Buntings a regular supply of food. Old barns have been replaced by steel boxes for grain storage, so the Barn Owl is deprived of nesting sites.
I would agree that Wales and the west country have seen much less impact of this kind due to pastoral farming being the predominant agriculture. Here in East Anglia the story is different, not for nothing is this part of the country called the bread basket of the UK. Fields that were once divided by hedgerows have the said hedgerow ripped out in order to create one huge field, enabling combine harvesters the size of houses to turn around. Ditches are dredged and straight as rulers, enabling rainwater to gush away in one foul swoop. This kind of landscape is hostile to wildlife, but then I suppose we need feeding so off you go birds etc.
Which happily....is where us gardeners come in