Cockney News

Subject: Cockney News
From: R & J Frankenberg <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 14:35:56 +1100
Further to Penny's comment about tidy cities and gardens and habitat.  I
belive this is a serious probem in farmland too.  One of the biggest threats
to farm biodiversity is tidyness.  It is becoming easier to tidy up fallen
timber, clean out all the grasses along fencelines, and generally get rid of
any messy corners.  Combined with the modern steel and concrete post fence,
and removal of all the old wooden posts, there is very little habitat for
lizards, insects. spiders etc, and nothing for the birds.

 This is not a deliberate action by farmers, generally.  They are just
trying to be tidy, and a 'good' farmer doesn't have mess lying about.  But
it is making farms very boring places.  One of my goals in landcare is to
help farmers understand what they are doing, and it can work.  Any
opportunity that bird watchers have to point out to farmers what birds  need
(tactfully) can help.  Many people don't even understand that birds actually
need native vegetation.

Here's to mess  (and mud)

Judy Frankenberg

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