Photo: rape bushes(wikipedia)
I never forgot the time my first visitor from Asia, on his first trip to the UK, gawped in wonder at the profusion of yellow flowers that grew along the motorway. He thought they were so beautiful, until I pointed out to him that these plants were actually poisonous weeds: in my teens, I had to clear these rape bushes from the fields before the horses ate them.
There’s no doubt, there’s much richness, beauty and diversity in the flora and fauna of lay-bys and hedgerows. I’m not a professional photographer, but whenever I publish and share photographs of aspects of my hometown (Hampshire, UK), people would comment, “Oh, where was that taken?” and almost always expressed surprise when I told them, “Just the hedgerows,” or “Just by the railway line.”
Whilst living in Asia, I had a helper from Indonesia who showed me the abundance that was found in the Asian version of lay-bys and hedgerows. Rosmawati would go for long evening walks in our neighbourhood and would often come back with a stash of plants, flowers, herbs or even unusual insects to show us. I never ceased to be amazed at the treasures she could find in the concrete city that we lived in.
But sad to say, wildlife is fast disappearing all over the world. The naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham is launching a #WeWantWildlife ~ Citizen Science Campaign.
For ten days, in his Bioblitz, Chris and his team of experts will be visiting 50 wildlife sites in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales to highlight the extent to which the nation’s wildlife is under threat. The aim is to record the wildlife species living naturally in nature, rather than in nature reserves.
Please visit his website, and join if you can!
On Monday, 23rd July 2018, the team will be at Yateley Common Country Park, and so will I! Please follow us here for photos and updates…..and perhaps start a Bioblitz where you live, too? It’s a fabulous project to involve the whole family and community!
Photo: “Just the hedgerows” (Hampshire, UK)
Photo: “By the railway line” (Hampshire, UK)
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Yateley Common, one of the most beautiful places in Hampshire: Yateley Common.
Note: This was first published in Simple Green Planet, a website that my friend Jane and I have set up to inspire people to clean up our beloved adopted home, Phuket.
Born and bred on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur in the late 60s early 70s, I have been exposed to wild bushes, natural fauna and flora. It never ceases to amaze me how most Malaysians will concrete their porch leaving no green patches in their houses. Now living in Melbourne, front yard, backyard lawns are a norm in most houses except of mansions owned by new migrants from China-fully concreted porches and backyards. My kids like nothing better than walking barefoot on a lawn – it’s an unexplainable pleasure and I read somewhere that it’s actually therapeutic for the body.
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One of the forgotten, therapeutic and simple pleasures in life, Kate, yet if we do nothing about protecting the environment, our grandchildren won’t be able to enjoy it!!!