The return of some birdsong to many parts of Lancashire as conservationists confirm that wildlife has benefited from the ongoing lockdown.
As air pollution, noise and waste decreases the longer this lockdown goes on for, more spaces for birds to fly in the sky opens up. Some species have returned to urban areas while the cleaner rivers have seen kingfishers return to the waters.
Having said this, conservationists aren’t trying to minimise the tragedy that has been inflicted on humans across the world, they just hope that lessons will be learned from the crisis’ response on the environment.
“Well if you listen to the sound of the dawn chorus this week, wildlife doesn’t seem to be missing us at all.” Said Alan Wright – Campaigns Manager at the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside.
“There are two factors involved here, we believe. The lack of noise pollution from fewer vehicles being on the road is definitely opening up gaps for our wild birds to really let rip this year, as they are looking for love on their patch and people have time to notice wild sights and sounds. Blackbirds, robins, great tis and wrens seem extra loud.”
He also highlighted that the reduced traffic and the noise pollution that comes with it has meant that people have also been able to hear the benefits themselves.
He said: “The songs of thrush and robin are filling the early mornings with sound.”
“In some cases, it might just be that we are noticing the birdsong more as the noise from vehicles and general hubbub has turned down its volume. I certainly think that many people go through their lives without noticing some of the wonderful noises and the creatures making those noises around them.”
Furthermore, the lack of litter and other human induced waste has put a decline on animal deaths related to tangling etc.
Him and other professional conservationists hope that lessons will be learned about how to protect the environment when everything (hopefully) goes back to normal.
He said: “I really hope we are learning from this crisis. Many lives have been lost as the virus has spread but I am sure the health measures have helped to save many thousands of people. And we shouldn’t be afraid to mention this knock-on effect on that is benefiting our wildlife. Let’s hope we can look at this and improve the way we live in the future in a way that supports nature.”
Credit: Lancashire Telegraph – Joe Harrigan