We have all become increasingly conscious of the incredible impact our highly successful species has had on the world. We have learned that our seemingly unstoppable headlong industrialisation and intensification of farming have involved such huge levels of destruction of habitat and pollution of the planet’s delicate fabric that countless species of animal, bird and plant have been driven to the brink of extinction and beyond. Many of us have a conscience about the rampage of our species around the planet.
Consciousness awakens concern – hence the burgeoning of conservation and wildlife protection bodies and the competition amongst political parties for the “green” vote. We have also become more tolerant of the wild creatures that share our immediate environment. We are more inclined to use less or non-toxic chemicals in our gardens, and many people actively encourage wildlife by creating ponds, planting wild flowers and adding other wildlife-friendly features. However, occasionally some wild animals and birds can be a real nuisance, capable of creating unsightly or expensive damage to gardens, bowling greens, sports fields and golf courses.