Posted: 16/10/2014 at 23:26
I do believe that most gardeners also become naturalists in many ways. I confess this is it in my case. I have always had a love for natural history etc. So what have we got. An avid bird lover, who enjoys so much sitting watch, perhaps photographing or even painting and sketchin members of our native birds. So what do we do. Yes. We so often talk to our selves. I must encourage that bird to return. So yes. It is wonderful that we have this relationship with other living creatures. Perhaps a word of caution though. Every living creature on GOD's earth, tends at some point to become a creature of habit. So! what happens. Whether it be fluffy birds of the local fox or whatever. We start feeding it/them. Now in retrospect, that so-called 'wild' creature is becoming...pet-a-sized. Yes it is kind and thoutful etc to cater and care for our friends, but.. Even like us humans. Our wild-life friends also have a natural way of life. I have an elderly lady friend...no not romantic. Actually she is the mum of one of my best mates. Recently we were talk, and David Attenborough's name cropped up. Yes Mike, says she. Yes I agree, if it wasn't for his programs. So much would never be made known to us. However. They are all alike. Mating and hunting. Well! Said I. OK. You have a cat. Tell me. What would your cat do, if you stopped feeing it etc. Point taken. So in respect of feeding wildlife etc. Yes be kind and help them out in hard times, but. Think again on the day to day feeding. Please don't take away from them, their natural way of life and survival.