You might see weeds, but I see wild flowers

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Destruction of a habitat.

My previous post was about a local walk with Whisky.

I mentioned a couple of spots that are earmarked for 'development'.
Seems that yesterday, they made a start.

From this,

to this,

in one day.

I was mortified.

There was a lot of Ragwort, amongst the other species of plant which included Teasel, Willowherb, Salsify, bramble, nettle and Hawthorn.

Ragwort is a native plant.
At least 30 insect species and 14 fungi species are entirely reliant on Ragwort.
It is also an important nectar source for over 100 species, (117 says English Nature), of butterflies, bees, moths and other invertebrates.

All gone in just 24 hours.

This was once a fine Hawthorn bush.

It provides food for more than 150 insect species.
Blackbirds and other thrushes, finches and Starlings feed on the fruits in the autumn.
Small mammals, birds and insects nest, roost and/or hibernate here.

Not anymore.

Even part of the hedge, at the boundary fence didn't escape.


Even the other side of the road didn't escape.

I'm not even sure if this was cut for hay, since there was a lot of Ragwort growing here too.

It is said that Ragwort and horses do not mix. A fatal combination.

Actually horses will steer clear of Ragwort growing in a field, unless there is nothing else to eat, and even then, they would have to eat a significant amount to prove fatal; several stone in weight.

If this is going to be used for hay, containing Ragwort, then this is irresponsible behaviour by whoever is responsible for cutting the field. The dried Ragwort would be easily consumed by any horse, or cattle, that was fed it, and that would be a problem.

So much for development.


  1. Horrible things to do, it is the Government at fault. They want everything, whatever it might be like Ragwort!

  2. Thanks Bob, it certainly is. Sadly this government care more about money than the environment.