Wednesday, 24 June 2015

It has been reported in the news that a wild beaver has given birth in the English wilds, for the first time in around 400 years. The European Beaver was once a native of these isles, so it is good news to hear that they might just retake their place in the British countryside.

A large part of the problem is that species no longer have a natural bio-region, free from interference, in which they can survive. The Romans, Normans and later the Victorians imported hundreds of species into the UK. This placed pressure on native stocks which often could not compete. We only need look at the most obvious examples - the red squirrel, the English bluebell, the native honey bee, white clawed crayfish - everyone of these examples now faces massive decline in numbers because of the deliberate introduction of non native and more aggressive foreign species (ie the grey squirrel, the Spanish bluebell, Italian bees [often disease ridden], American Signal). 

And what of our native peoples? We are a part of a natural order and if we do not learn from what is happening all around us, we will soon follow suit. 

England is our Lebensraum - our space to live. 

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