Nature is no spendthrift, but takes the shortest way to her ends. From Nature: Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 - April 27, 1882) an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.
The other day our walk was quite short at 115 minutes and only covered 3 miles. Though we left the village just before six o’clock to head towards the woods. The morning was already warm and by midday, it had reached 27 Celsius or 80.6 Fahrenheit. Today is much cool at only 21 Celsius it’s much more bearable for me. Any higher and I’m melting and unable to focus on my writing. We didn’t walk this morning as Ana had other things to do.
The upside to warmer mornings is the insect life is far more busy. Dragonflies and bright blue demoiselle flies race along the hedgerow hunting for small flies. Years ago while out walking you use to be bother by hordes of insects but these days they are fewer in number and you really have to hunt for them. Less flies means less food for birds and dragonflies.
Data by the Natural History Museum has revealed that over 40% of all insects are declining, a third are endangered. Insects are the main drivers in our ecosystems both on land and in fresh water, explained Dr Gavin Broad principal Curator in charge of insect at the Museum in a recent article. Insects are the primary food source for many species of birds, amphibians, fish and reptiles. We rely on them to pollinate our food crops.
‘Without insects the environment would simply fall apart,’ Dr Gavin Broad goes on to say.
Over the years my friend Ana and I have been walking the footpaths around our village, we’ve photographed everything we’ve seen when we can, sometimes they are too quick for us. We have created a record of the wildlife and have seen a decline in the insect life.