Coda #midnighthaiku

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.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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15 Responses to Coda #midnighthaiku

  1. memadtwo says:

    I was just talking with a friend today about zoos, and how even though I have very ambivalent feelings about them, they may be the only hope for the survival of some species. It’s a sad reflection of our caretaking indeed.
    But…we do what we can. The bird population has definitely rebounded in the city in the last 20 years due to conservation efforts. (K)

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      I have similar feelings on zoos. They are becoming far better for the animals than they used to be… no concrete cages and lots of green space. But it is still captivity. But… the conservation work now done by many is allowing species to survive. There is a gene pool for when…if… we manage to find a balance, restore their envoronment and re-introduce them. And unless children see such animals, face to face, would they care what happens to them?

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  2. Jennie says:

    Hear, hear! Thank you, Sue.

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  3. The destruction of nature habitat is a terrible thing, Sue.

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  4. Beautiful and such a lovely read, Sue. Loved the little birdie.


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