Our wildlife is in trouble. The UK population of Turtle Doves has declined by more than 90% since 1995, it was a common bird when I started birdwatching in the mid-1970s. Turtle Doves were so common I would list them in my notebook before I left the house as I was so sure that I would see one (only in the summer months of course). I can’t remember the last time I saw a hedgehog in the UK – how sad is that? Splattered insects have disappeared from our car windscreens. These are just a few of a myriad of observations that point to the parlous state of nature in the UK. But we can stem the declines, we know what to do to bring back a buzzing, singing and vibrant countryside. We need our politicians to act.
You can help too. Naturalist and Conservationist, Chris Packham, is arranging a fun and friendly People’s Walk for Wildlife in Hyde Park on the 22nd September. Gather at the Reformers Tree in Hyde Park at 10am, and meet up with old friends and make new ones, all with a passion for wildlife and nature. There will be some infotainment at midday, followed by a short walk at 1-2pm. For more details see Chris’s website.
Watch this short video about the reasons behind the People’s Walk for Wildlife.
A staggering 44 million birds have disappeared from the UK countryside since 1966. You can download a mini-megamix of birdsong here and bring it along to the walk or play it to your family, friends and work colleagues explaining to them that this is what our countryside used to sound like.
If you can’t get down to Hyde Park then you can show your support by signing the #PeoplesWalkforWildlife Wonder Wall.
Nowadays events cost money to organise and implement, and even a simple walk for wildlife in Hyde Park has significant costs. The stage, PA system, walk management, insurance etc etc. There is a crowdfunding campaign that you can contribute to, every little helps.
And whatever you do, don’t forget your t-shirt.
Nature needs you, I hope to see you in Hyde Park on Saturday the 22nd September.