I’ve no need to post much, by autumn 2018 the news itself will have explained the horribleness of the increasing situation. Last year was a dip from the upcurve, 2018 will hit hard. Much reporting is hesitant, population crashes etc or as the case of north Pacific seabirds near absent when the noise of the problem should be deafening. Its realistic to say that ‘sightings’ do not mean the population or distribution were as in the past. As with the seabirds ‘then there were none’. A ‘huddle’ is not any indication of distribution.
Even at the small direct scale of my own garden front and back I look around and see very little planted in other gardens to benefit wildlife. Last evening sat under my in full blossom plum tree the bees sounded wonderful. Yet I look at other gardens and see a highly restricted repertoire, restricted diversity, mostly a reflection of no real enthusiasm, depth or ability at gardening. A little but not a lot. My next door neighbour has a garden devoid of any flowering thing, third time scraped with a digger and now a foot below mine; as dead as the back lot at the crematorium, a symphony to block paving, gravel and laid turf. Meanwhile at the pit heap due to my simple efforts a couple of hundred cowslip benefit bees and in a few weeks a thousand orchids and multiplying will likewise help a little, as with the other twenty species I’ve introduced; umbellifers, foxglove, flag iris, avens and honeysuckle being the most successful.
Whoops, above 400ppm for CO2 …. http://arctic-news.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/
Note increased CO2 has reduced plant and pollen protein by say a full third.