The silence is deafening …

I leave the kitchen window open at nights but never any moths; a serious decline that in the UK is bereft of significant data in the last five years.

Here I am this morning trying to find recent posts for the frightening decline of moths and as with say west coast USA Pacific seabird decline there is very little recent material. UK moth decline reporting mostly dries up five years ago and the sea bird decline mentioned ‘falls off a cliff’ from two years ago when massive numbers were driven onto land before all perished. Near impossible to find current data. The silence is deafening.  I suspect there are forces at work to hinder propogation of current news of how things are; most certainly we know that the USA has gagged all scientists at the EPA, which in my view is a most certain admission that trump knows full well that climate change is real and catastrophic, hence his desire for the wall and its inevitable militarisation etc etc.  Witness diatoms, witness Pacific die-back and the poison from Fukushima.

Wake up sheeple !!

The time lag between what is happening right now with climate and it reaching the open public forum is too slow, too late. Funny how trump goes on about ‘fake news’ when in fact a monumental effort is being made by unanswerable powers including himself to do just that !!

Incidentally, the continuing ‘moronisation’ of household gardens certainly annoys me, does not help nature whatsoever; the endless stripping of any growing thing to a sterile patch of gravel, block paving and crushed slate is moronic beyond belief. As decades progress the average not particularly talented gardener has lost what little ingenuity they once had. Theres little thought or attention to a succession of flowering things throughout the year. Likewise much street lighting and household security lighting could be scaled back. For instance, roads lit where no pedestrian ever goes and all cars have headlights anyway !

Regarding bees … is it commonly known that with increased CO2 pollen and green growing things are now a third less valuable as protein ?? Think of bees carrying home nowadays ‘junk food’ where at one time this would be high value material, this limits their ability to survive winter. We also need to alter human diet, this meat obsessed ‘affluent diet’ needs to be modified, its damaging the planet. Its tedious and sickening to see oversized white men drooling over overstuffed burgers, meanwhile planning their next longhaul holiday destination. Carbon footprint boys and girls, carbon footprint !!!

Anyway, some good quality links …

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/feb/01/british-moths-calamitous-decline

https://farming.co.uk/news/ukand%2339%3Bs-moth-populations-suffer-massive-declines

https://www.ceh.ac.uk/news-and-media/news/biggest-analysis-british-nature-biodiversity-decline

searching around we find cuckoos are much declined …

http://www.field-studies-council.org/cuckoos/disappearing-cuckoos.aspx

 

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WordPress likes a picture so heres one from three years ago in my garden.

Postscript 17th May 2018. Regarding media manipulation. Maybe half a dozen times to different people I’ve pointed upwards to the sky not really getting anywhere and today it was a revelation.

“Oh you don’t believe in that mind control” ….

Uh??

“Of course not but what I am saying is that those straight lines that haze and merge are not conventional aircraft trails, they’re full of aluminium and organic growers are having problems with it, its also why California burned the way it did.”

(Remember …. Monsantos GM patents include aluminium resistance).

So who the heck is talking abt mind control? As with the first two people I mentioned this to and avid Fox News fans, as I did determine from that encounter there is conscious effort to broadcast material that ridicules the ‘look at the chemtrail’ people. I’m an engineer and used to producing solutions where there isn’t a guide book, no flow chart to help me with never encountered often unique ‘one-off’ problems. Its called thinking and using ones eyes; developed skill, insight, experience. But theres often precious little of that nowadays, third and fourth generation tv fed leisure obsessed sheeple are lost, often quite brainless. The obvious broadcast of derogatory material specifically intended to ridicule anyone that questions something ‘not right’  indeed is nasty and explains why its so difficult to get ppl to look up and take notice, if already they are conditioned to think its silly ‘mind control’.  Thats why its so difficult, they have been set against any such enquiring mind by it being framed in the media as a crackpot notion. Framed to automatically be seen as a nutcase enthusiasm. You see, theres no tv in this house so how wld I know their prior knowledge is so affected, so conditioned to ridicule and disregard my concern?

This week starting in Cumbria on Monday under the west coast flight path and now its Friday in the NE of England its been chemtrail spraying everyday. This was ineveitable as we’d been granted a fortnight of clear blue to get things going in the Merry Month of May. I wonder what I’ll be reporting in a year, two and three years from now ? With jet stream alteration and the cooling effect of the Arctic near to extinction its maybe this year and next when Americas mid and Eastern food production will be severely diminished. Realise too that plant transpiration is down ie CO2 to O conversion as well as the contribution from diatoms which has fallen most significantly. Think ‘feedback loops’. So much always happening out of sight (and out of mind) in a most wonderful interconnected web of nature but those days are gone.

*I was tempted to post a youtube here but to be honest who the hell has half an hour to throw away when the text as a document could be read in a tenth of the time. Thats the problem … too much time taken ‘watching something’ ……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bee decline …

Via the Grauniad we learn …

2017 av yield per hive in the UK = 11.8kg (down 1kg from last year).

1950’s typical yield 25-45kg per hive.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/23/steady-decline-honey-crop-raises-concern-honeybees-future

I quote  … “Our survey shows that suburban gardens and urban roof tops produce some of the best honey crops, so how we garden really can make a difference.” unquote.

Yes indeedy … and increasingly gardens are turned over to gravel and paving! Even ‘gardening’ itself and the cultivation of flowering plants is becoming very much a ‘minority activity’ and certainly hardly ever at the intensity nature deserves. Many visit garden centres but few have any ability. My own place is incredible and so it should be, I’ve a talent and interest in such things, I’ve read books too. Many people ie fourth generation tv sufferers are sooo utterly clueless.

Potential gardeners need to be able to recognise what it is they are looking at, then they need to be able to make an effort, to actually perform the duties of practical gardening. Already at this point the chances of their success is diminishing …..

 

 

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Heres a quick list that will establish the ‘bare bones’ of a planted garden …

Arabis, Aubretia, Phlox and Campanula (prostrate form).

‘Tete-a-tete’ min daffs (do not plant too deep)  tulips, crocus (also C. tomassinianus is good for naturalising) useful to plant when bought ‘in flower’.  For autumn bulb planting place sticks for when you buy the bulbs in autumn – (my idea). Never mulch crocus with garden compost, it rots them (my idea again …) use bonemeal.

Foxgloves, Campanula (lge form), perennial Phlox upright form.

Hellebore- many varieties/ flowers to choose from.

Let some Buxus (box) grow to clipped shapes – good for nesting.

Witch Hazel, Forsythia, Buddleia.

Pref smaller form of Clematis for a fence, my fav is Rouge Cardinale.

Apple in form of a ‘standard’ for the small garden. Alkso try some raspberry canes, but be warned they ‘run’.

Note in small trees/ shrubs/ fruit trees look and enquire as to the ‘rootstock’ this influences eventual size, a small M. Stellata can work v well but a M. soulangeana can be massive. Be wary of potbound slow moving hardly selling stock at the garden centres, likewise freshly potted on perennials that in fact hardly have sufficeint root ball – I’ve been misled on this several times. Beware of supermarket (used to be Woolies style) type plants, weak, forced, not hardy. Ditto newspaper offers – theres always a catch! Also ‘gan canny’ with the amount of homemade compost, its not all it seems, its the soil itself that matters and some leaf litter and organic debris works best. BBC r4 Gardeners Question Time in my opinion fails to realise this.

Lets also add Hebe, Flag Iris or a blue scented form, Fritillaria in any form, Bergenia for snails and the thrush. But beware of smaller forms of Allium (big forms are fine) as they are beyond ‘rampant’ in spreading ie to become a problem, not easy to limit.

Late additions : Delphinium, Honeysuckle (good for moths if there are any left, another serious decline),

postscript 11th Apr 2018 … https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jun/22/strange-case-disappearing-urban-butterfly