The final 15 years have seen the just about complete disappearance of bugs and the birds that depend on them for meals from reader David Marjot’s backyard
Once I moved right here 15 years in the past, greenfly, dragonflies, hoverflies, bumblebees, honeybees and butterflies amongst others had been frequent within the backyard. There have been swallows and martins within the sky in the summertime. We had a colony of swifts within the church tower. The swifts, swallows and martins appear to have disappeared. I noticed one swallow over the Thames however only a few mayflies. I felt that a further remark may be of curiosity. In doing a little bit of home tasks, I realised that I’d not needed to sweep for cobwebs for a very long time and I discovered none, even after a search. The magpies, crows and jackdaws appear to be thriving, as do the foxes, so there appears to have been a particular change to spiders and bugs and the birds that rely upon them for meals. I’ve no concept if neonicotinoids are accountable (Letters, 16 November) however one thing appears to be taking place.
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