“DISAPPEARING WILDLIFE” BY DAVID MOON [COMMUNITY AWARD WINNER] – CRAWLEY MUSEUM NEWSLETTER – SPRING & SUMMER 2021 [PART 1 & 2]
“The steady accumulation of wildlife records, over a long period by local naturalists, gives a truer picture of what can be lost in the spurious name of ‘development’ from their areas of countryside. This contrasts sharply with the cursory survey methods used by English Nature to support Homes England in its often lawless and usually destructive actions. My indignation at the way in which these quangos operate across our green and pleasant land is best expressed, perhaps, by the protest poem which follows” ~ David Moon
“DEVELOPMENT DELUSION – A PERSONAL VIEW”
BY DAVID MOON
Beware the developers’ technique,
Which makes the future very bleak
For conservation everywhere,
When they untruthfully declare
That Nature’s numbers will increase
[Hoping protests quickly cease]
With habitats removed galore –
Ancient woodland and much more.
The soulless, profit most in mind,
Like – oh so many of their kind,
Assure us all it’s really fine
That wildlife, now in steep decline,
Has gained, not lost – but what pretence!
To believe this true shows lack of sense,
For lying is there stock-in-trade,
While lockdown made us quite afraid
To venture out into the sticks
Those ‘gainst nature upped their tricks,
And Woodland Trust turned to Dismay
When HS2, in its covert way,
Made Spring, not Autumn, its real aim,
So birdlife suffered just the same
With nesting sites much sooner gone
As woods went AWOL, one by one
And bullish B.J.’s ‘Build! Build! Build!
Will simply mean more wildlife killed.
And though it may seem so essential
To play at claiming green credentials
The biodiverse facts remain
That all that’s lost just can’t be gain!
THE PROPOSED ROUTE