Sorry no one replied. I agree with the vast majority of what you've written, esp regarding blue tits, indiscriminate bird feeding 24x7x365, planning laws, invasive species and poor woodland management etc. I'd have thrown in reference to great spotted woodpeckers and also irresponsible pet ownership in UK. The biggest issue I'd have with what you wrote is comparing us with Cyprus in early October. Many Winter migrants haven't arrived in UK and most Summer ones have left. I've not been to Cyprus and don't want to go, but I'd have thought Oct is one of their busiest months for bird numbers. I would also add UK isn't alone. I've been to France for example a number of times. Vast areas of countryside, and urban areas for that matter, have next to no birdlife.
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I think the reason why it never had any replies was the post disappeared, I tried to reply and then I got a message saying "not found"
I never saved a copy of my original reply, but it went something like this:
Money shouts loud, while the environment is just the argument to make it seem good.
The powers that be talk the talk, but don't walk the walk, unless, there's money in it for them.
Here I see only too clearly the devastation to nature and the countryside being very close to the Birmingham HS2 Hub, mass destruction of countryside and woodland plus incessant house building programs, and most of the housing isn't affordable housing.
As for the National Parks, my own experience as a former hill and moorland walker (no longer able to partake after having major lower leg reconstruction), I walked and camped responsibly with a lot of wild life in the National Parks. However, if could be that I've been lucky and not seen a massive issue with wildlife in the National Parks, and I am aware there are planning issues, especially with greatly reduced government funding forcing National Park authorities to concentrate on making money to finance what little they can.
People today generally seek thrills, so National Parks are coerced in to these thrill rides like the Zip Wires in the Lake District and Snowdonia where it induces tourism, in the hope of getting visitors to see the countryside and marvel at its beauty, but the vast majority don't and never will.
The root cause is money, if green spaces were made more fruitful financially, then perhaps, it may be a different story.
If you are able to look back at many of the government spending reviews on HS2, you will see it is just a lip service job, no matter how wrong or far off budget HS2 Ltd goes, they are still keen on it happening, at almost any cost, and that includes financial as well as the environment. Leeds and the eastern section were after thoughts, and not in the original plans drawn up around the early to mid 2000's, so could easily be shelved.
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