Letter to the Editor: Tuesday March 14, 2017

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Nature needs a hand

Re Conservation matters (March 2) "A special little bird", not only our dotterels but also fairy terns and many others, are fighting for survival all because of human activity along with the predators they have introduced.

Sad as it is many more of our birds, etc, face endangerment or extinction in the coming years no matter how hard some people try to save them.

I have concerns for our local bitterns, since the recent drainage, lowering the water table, in the wetlands, which neighbour fenced off to provide a wetland habitat, only to have their new neighbour below them releasing the water level.

Even though the NRC subsidised the cost of fencing of the wetland, damage can be done by neighbours if protection is not put in place by the regional councils to protect the good works of a few.

Not only are bush areas and wetlands a habitat for many birds, fish, etc, they also prevent damage to stream and river banks by slowing flood waters along with ponding to filter sediment from ending up in harbours, another breeding place for birds and fish.

Yes folks, our birds, fish, etc, are facing an uphill battle and I feel our regional councils are letting them down, just as are the government policies and local councils by allowing vehicles and dogs on our beaches threatening our dotterels, fairy terns, etc, as nothing in this world face a greater threat of mankind than nature, in man's quest for money or his own selfish pleasures.

What was allowed in the past in the way of development, I believe no longer applies, what with the sediment of harbours, loss of wetlands, bush, water contamination, bird, fish and other life threatened by the lowering of water tables, flooding, droughts, ice melt, sea level rising, storms and coastal erosion, rubbish, chemicals and other pollutants.

I say those in control and every one of us need to take a good hard look at ourselves, as we are all responsible one way or another with our carbon footprint and waste we create.

The environment problem we are facing today are the very same ones that the late Sir Walter Buller recognised back in the 1800s, with his concerns of decreasing birdsong, etc, through habitat destruction.

Many thanks to those who have followed in his footsteps.

Nature needs you more than ever if it stands a chance to survive, as it only requires ones greed or selfish act to undo years of hard work by many who give a lot of their time and money attempting to do what's right, and very disheartening to the young seeing all their hard work destroyed in a matter of minutes.

JOHN BASSETT
Diggers' Valley

- Northland Age

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