The National Trust, for whom I work, took the brave decision to allow the sea to re-claim farmland which was annexed by a sea wall in the 1600’s. In a very short space of time a complex ecosystem has emerged with a range of small mudflat creatures attracting otters, breeding lapwing and, hopefully in time, breeding osprey.
My son Sam doing great undergraduate film work in Barcelona. This is a short film telling a poignant story about an important part of Barcelona history
I recently went on Nick Lloyd‘s Spanish Civil War tour through Barcelona. It was very interesting and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Barcelona. Nick took us to Plaça Sant Felip Neri, and the story he told us was so powerful I decided to make a short film about it:
In places like this there is a better than even chance that a person can be free of the madness, lunancy and stupidity that seems so prevalent in the world’s socieites. I’m not just talking about extreme events where lunatics gun people down because of their insane superstitions. I’m also talking about the mundane, day to day. Just listen to the idiotic utterances from the Republican Party candidates in the USA. Their, often repulsive, views are representative of millions in a so called civilised society.
The conservation of wild places is not an indulgent luxury. There are still nowhere near enough people who understand their true value and we can’t take the chance of trusting their future to the self serving, blind market.
Conservation is the opposite of elitism, and we’ll only have been successful in our efforts to conserve nature when there is no longer a need to do it. “The idea of conserving nature needs no defence, only more defenders” – Edward Abbey