Breathless I listen
Singer and song a rare gift
Darkness follows dawn
The song thrush has one of the most beautiful songs… and is just one of the many once-common garden birds now under threat in this country. It is on the Red list for conservation, having lost up to 70% of its numbers within the last fifty years, due largely, it is thought, to slug pellets and changes in habitat.
The 67 birds with ‘red’ status on the endangered list include the mistle thrush, redwing and cuckoo… and there are another with 89 birds on the amber list. It is not long since the last golden eagle in England disappeared. Within my lifetime we have seen fields full of wildflowers cease to exist, bees come under threat and many other small creatures as a consequence of the changes in our own lifestyles.
Conservation efforts can and do make a difference… birds such as ‘our’ red kite have been brought back from the edge of extinction. Every one of us can make a difference by supporting wildlife projects or making our gardens wildlife-friendly. It would be a tragedy to lose such beauty.