Azara Blog: British woodlands are allegedly less biodiverse than 70 years ago

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Date published: 2009/07/28

The BBC says:

British woodlands are less biologically distinctive than they were 70 years ago, says a team of UK researchers.

The use of fertilisers in farming had increased soil fertility, while tree canopies had grown thicker and cut light levels, they explained.

As a result, the woodlands were becoming home to the same species, resulting in the unique characteristics of individual sites being lost.
"This study shows that increased pollution and poor countryside management have led to increasing homogenisation of biodiversity in British woodlands," said co-author Professor James Bullock, an ecologist from CEH.

"These two issues must be addressed in future if we wish to restore the diverse woodland communities of the past."

It is constantly amazing how backwards looking so many so-called conservationists and/or ecologists are. So allegedly there was some halcyon past and if only they were allowed to control freak more over the rest of society (here in the guise of "countryside management") then we could get back to that halcyon past. Of course they also assume that biodiversity is somehow inherently a good thing. It might well be in some circumstances, but they provide no evidence that it is a desirable goal in the narrow area of concern addressed here. All in all, this whole study just amounts to more of the usual academic middle class diatribe against modern life. (Funnily enough, the middle class, being rich, are the main beneficiaries of modern life.)

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