COUNTRYSIDE: Let’s leave it well alone

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With the price of property in the south of the country reaching astronomical heights, Lincolnshire is fast becoming the place to have a second home.

One irrefutable statistic is the viewing figures for nature programs is highest in the Midlands, yet when the “isn’t it lovely here, so untouched” grips them enough to want a holiday home, what they have learnt about the countryside is immediately forgotten.

Here, on The Res, we even had one idiot cutting down bushes that had nesting birds in it

The first thing they do is put up a halogen light that one can use to read a newspaper a quarter of a mile away.

The next is lay as much concrete and slabs down as possible; followed by rushing into town to buy a strimmer.

Treating reeds as weeds, everything that grows above an inch high is cut down to ground level.

Is it any wonder why we no longer see finches on a regular basis and the vole is, for those who live by a river, not even gradually disappearing?

Here, on The Res, we even had one idiot cutting down bushes that had nesting birds in it. Probably saved him needing to wash his car every day.

Those concerned are asking us to plant suitable flowers in our gardens.

A good start would be to leave well alone.