The place have all our bugs and birds gone? | Letters

Rosemary Mason notices a decline in bugs in south Wales; Kate Phillips says there’s a main shift in insect and chook life in Buckinghamshire; and Eyke Shannon questions the position performed by the Forestry Fee and the RSPB in Suffolk

With regard to David Marjot’s letter about misplaced bugs in Surrey (18 November), we too have seen a pointy decline in bugs over the past 10 years in south Wales, however there are not any neonicotinoids used within the space. Actually, as he famous in Surrey, spiders have been the primary to vanish. Nonetheless, Dakar Professional, a business preparation of RoundUp, is sprayed on metropolis pavements to eradicate weeds. Have another readers had comparable experiences?
Rosemary Mason
Swansea

• I’m in want of a solution. Now we have had the most effective crop of apples from our (very) outdated Cox’s Pomona tree within the practically 50 years now we have been right here – cause, no insect injury. Now we have seen virtually no wasps: yearly now we have not less than one nest within the loft, backyard retailer, floor, however not this yr. Now we have virtually no small birds coming to the chook desk – the meals I put out goes to the pigeons, the one robin and some passing tits – the place are all of them? There have been few hoverflies, few houseflies and no bluebottles. Is it the pesticides, sprayed over the close by agricultural land, is it the plethora of purple kites fortunately hovering above, or the hornets seen for the primary time a few years in the past?

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