Monday, 19 October 2015
HABITAT DESTRUCTION ON THE RAILWAY
I of course refer to the Brampton Valley railway/cycle path.
AND PLEASE DON'T THINKING I'M TALKING ABOUT A BIT OF SENSIBLE PRUNING/MANAGEMENT OR FLAILING OF HEDGES. It's destruction on a massive scale so far, as I fear more is to come. This is completely unacceptable and no real need, not whilst the hedges were full of berries. The hedge wasn't some recent hedge planted by well meaning landowners, this was a mature hedge, Rowan berries, Blackberries, Elderberry and Hawthorne along with rough vegetation at it's edge with teasels and nettles and mature trees too meant it was a magnet for small birds and bigger birds too.
Blackbirds, Song Thrush, Goldfinch (hundreds of them), Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Starlings, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Goldcrest, Treecreepers, Nuthatch, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtails, Yellow Wagtails, Yellowhammers, Linnet's Wren, Robin just some of the common species easily seen using the hedgerow in great numbers then there's the summer only visitors Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Turtle Dove and even Common Redstart. This hedgerow was a real stronghold for common breeding birds, Summer visitors and was proving and invaluable stop over for birds (especially small birds) on migration. Barn Owl's, Little Owl's, Kestrels often seen to..as I've covered in previous blog posts.
SO THE QUESTIONS ARE WHY? WHO? AND ON WHO'S BEHALF/ORDER?
Firstly let me give you one of my 'special maps' to give you an idea of not only the scale of destruction but possibly as to why/who has done it.
The Blue line above the yellow arrow Mr.Z and I aren't exactly sure when it was done. We both were last there a week back. Turn up Sunday and again tree branches cut, trees reduced to stumps, hedges removed and the berries (mostly Hawthorne) left piled up on the side. Basically butchered on a massive scale.
WELL IT ISN'T TO MAKE NEGOTIATING THE FOOTPATH EASIER NOR TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO TRAIN PASSING.
But why bother closing a popular and well used footpath just to extend a railway line by a couple of miles. I know of many cyclists who commute from Brixworth, Maidwell, Hanging Houghton and the Brampton's into Northampton in safety without having to negotiate dodgy and busy A-roads...not for long!
I don't even hate the railway. I grew up next to the classic Bluebell railway so actually love seeing classic trains. But it's hardly beautiful. In fact this is the area the people who run the railway should consider spending their money on instead, in my opinion. And perhaps on the station too.
The trains used aren't exactly beautiful and there's plenty of stuff rusting away that could be 'beautified' instead, I mean imagine you're a train enthusiast and having visited perhaps the Bluebell or even travelled on the Graf Spey how disappointed would you be when you see this
So my question is was it misguided council vandalism or is it vandalism by the Brampton railway? And will the guilty party replace/plant the hedge row and trees in time for next spring? Will either the council or Brampton Valley railway like to comment or respond?