Author: Dr Ben Aldiss

Who will look after our countryside?

Dr Ben Aldiss
AT the beginning of a recent talk on the plight of Britain’s wildlife, I projected a photo of a song thrush and asked if anyone knew what it was. Of the hundred or so teenagers and young adults in the audience, only one raised his hand.  ‘So,’ I said, ‘if they were to disappear from our countryside, how many of you would notice?’ Having taught Biology for 34 years, I was not surprised by this appalling ignorance – fewer than one per cent of my students throughout my entire …