Crex crex

Volatire

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Mick has been waging all-out war against his own Irish Natural History and Heritage for many, many decades. Whether it is overfishing, pollution of sea and river, overgrazing, burning, poisoning, intensive agriculture, wind farming, forest mono-culture, pesticides etc etc he has been hard at work.

The sterling efforts to destroy just about every Natural Habitat in the country are starting to yield results. Big-time. The canary in the coal-mine are bird species. There are now 37 red-listed bird species (high conservation concern). A sizeable fraction of these are likely to disappear from these shores entirely. Red-listed species now include previously common species such as red grouse, lapwing, curlew, barn owl, meadow pipit, yellowhammer.

https://www.birdwatchireland.ie/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=VcYOTGOjNbA=&tabid=178

Nowhere is Mick's success more apparent that in the case of the Corncrake (crex crex). Once abundant, the bird is now pretty much confined to the tiny enclave of Tory Island in Donegal. Modern agricultural practices have directly and totally destroyed this land-loving rail's habitat almost eveywhere. Bureaucrats in EU, Department of Agriculture, Teagasc, EPA could not a fück give.





The fake environmentalists rant about Climate Change as if it were the problem and they have the solution. It isn't and they don't. Most of these people are paid propagandists and charlatans who could not give a fart in their corduroys about what is actually happening in the real world

The example of Crex Crex shows what the real problem is. Direct extermination through habitat destruction as a result of criminally misguided official policies. We are not protecting our Natural History heritage in this country, we are waging a taxpayer subsidised controlled war against it.

On current trends, there will be buttfück all nature left in this country within a few decades.

That I can tell you.
 


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A noble cause in the OP delivered in a horrible fashion.
 

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Modern agriculture is not kind to wildlife. Pesticides are the big killer. No insects no birds. having grown up in the suburbs it was common to see grasshoppers every summer in the garden but in the 25 years I've lived in the country, I've seen 2.......TWO. The last one caused so much excitement I called out my daughter, who has never seen one out to look at it.

Banning pesticides and protecting existing hedgerows would be an excellent start to saving the local environment.
 

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Mick has been waging all-out war against his own Irish Natural History and Heritage for many, many decades. Whether it is overfishing, pollution of sea and river, overgrazing, burning, poisoning, intensive agriculture, wind farming, forest mono-culture, pesticides etc etc he has been hard at work.

The sterling efforts to destroy just about every Natural Habitat in the country are starting to yield results. Big-time. The canary in the coal-mine are bird species. There are now 37 red-listed bird species (high conservation concern). A sizeable fraction of these are likely to disappear from these shores entirely. Red-listed species now include previously common species such as red grouse, lapwing, curlew, barn owl, meadow pipit, yellowhammer.

https://www.birdwatchireland.ie/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=VcYOTGOjNbA=&tabid=178

Nowhere is Mick's success more apparent that in the case of the Corncrake (crex crex). Once abundant, the bird is now pretty much confined to the tiny enclave of Tory Island in Donegal. Modern agricultural practices have directly and totally destroyed this land-loving rail's habitat almost eveywhere. Bureaucrats in EU, Department of Agriculture, Teagasc, EPA could not a fück give.





The fake environmentalists rant about Climate Change as if it were the problem and they have the solution. It isn't and they don't. Most of these people are paid propagandists and charlatans who could not give a fart in their corduroys about what is actually happening in the real world

The example of Crex Crex shows what the real problem is. Direct extermination through habitat destruction as a result of criminally misguided official policies. We are not protecting our Natural History heritage in this country, we are waging a taxpayer subsidised controlled war against it.

On current trends, there will be buttfück all nature left in this country within a few decades.

That I can tell you.
Mick and Fanny, don't forget Fanny, she was beside us all the way :)
 

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Benefit of the doubt to the OP on this one. We're wrecking the world. We don't care, because we've been trained not to.
 

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Mick has been waging all-out war against his own Irish Natural History and Heritage for many, many decades. Whether it is overfishing, pollution of sea and river, overgrazing, burning, poisoning, intensive agriculture, wind farming, forest mono-culture, pesticides etc etc he has been hard at work.

The sterling efforts to destroy just about every Natural Habitat in the country are starting to yield results. Big-time. The canary in the coal-mine are bird species. There are now 37 red-listed bird species (high conservation concern). A sizeable fraction of these are likely to disappear from these shores entirely. Red-listed species now include previously common species such as red grouse, lapwing, curlew, barn owl, meadow pipit, yellowhammer.

https://www.birdwatchireland.ie/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=VcYOTGOjNbA%3d&tabid=178

Nowhere is Mick's success more apparent that in the case of the Corncrake (crex crex). Once abundant, the bird is now pretty much confined to the tiny enclave of Tory Island in Donegal. Modern agricultural practices have directly and totally destroyed this land-loving rail's habitat almost eveywhere. Bureaucrats in EU, Department of Agriculture, Teagasc, EPA could not a fück give.





The fake environmentalists rant about Climate Change as if it were the problem and they have the solution. It isn't and they don't. Most of these people are paid propagandists and charlatans who could not give a fart in their corduroys about what is actually happening in the real world

The example of Crex Crex shows what the real problem is. Direct extermination through habitat destruction as a result of criminally misguided official policies. We are not protecting our Natural History heritage in this country, we are waging a taxpayer subsidised controlled war against it.

On current trends, there will be buttfück all nature left in this country within a few decades.

That I can tell you.

Mick who?
 

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Far as I'm aware the land in Ireland isn't run by an anarch-syndicalist commune made up of people called 'Mick'.

The land as a resource has always been in the hands of a rentier class and they will brook no opposition to the making of money off it.

The only change there will come if they are paid to provide a habitat for vanishing birds.

Otherwise said birdies are f*cked, basically.
 

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In fairness the state shells out a lot of money to help preserve corncrakes, but it is really a lost cause. Farmers cut silage early in the season, instead of cutting hay late in the season like they used to. Hence any nests get mowed down.

Corncrakes are still common in their natural habitat, which is the grassy steppes of Eurasia.

IMO we could do a lot for wildlife in this country by spending the money on forests lakes and rivers instead; these are the native habitats of Ireland.
If we had a decent area of broadleaf woodlands they would be brimming with wildlife, and the farmers could get on with farming the arable land.
 

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Swallow numbers are also in decline and they share a similar migration pattern and route as the Corkcrake. Bear in mind that these birds spend winters in South Africa and they are also suffering from environment changes there and en-route are the target of ignorant gunmen who hunt them mostly for fun.. it’s not all Mick’s doing.

“The Sahara desert is getting wider each year and more arid, and fewer can survive the crossing. There is nowhere for them to rest or drink or feed. They have to get across in one go and fewer are making it each time. There are also lots of human hunters out in Egypt, Malta, and Cyprus. They catch the birds in big numbers. A lot of it is just for fun.”


https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/number-of-returning-swallows-in-decline-264358.html
 

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This OP is simply too good for me to respond to it.


It brings in too many issues which twats will twist. Govt gave and it took and then it gave again.

I remember the bluebells blazing, row up on row of them, voluminous clouds, mounting into the sky which reflected back their blueness Then their sudden disappearance when grant money came through for more sheep.

Then the sheep themselves became something which could not support any one.
 

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The EU played a major role in the demise of Crex crex. Before farmers got all those grants to 'upgrade' farm machinery and switch to silage, we had a thriving population of Corncrakes.

That was because Ireland had mainly low-intensity farming prior to the '70s. We had hay instead of silage. All of this suited the Corncrake.

With the advent of high-intensity farming in the '70s and '80s, the Corncrake began to disappear rapidly from all of it's old haunts and it is now almost eradicated on the mainland. The only reliable place to find Corncrakes is on the offshore islands like Tory and Inishbofin. Why? They still have low intensity farming.

It was not only the Corncrake that was eradicated. Also the Corn Bunting and massive harm was done to other farmland birds like the Cuckoo, Meadow Pipit, Barn Owl, Skylark, Twite etc.

Our joining the EU, the switch from low intensity farming and the switch from hay to silage were a death sentence for this much-loved bird.

I know a Green Party supporter who thinks if it wasn't for the EU, we'd be eradicating all of our wildlife but he's totally ignorant of the role they played in robbing us of the Corncrake and making a hames of Irish farming in general.
 
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Connemara. White-tailed eagled on her nest.

Except she's dead, poisoned.

 

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Typical elitest bullshyte to dump on the poor so can Mr and Mrs Fancypants can hear the corncrake during the 2 weeks per year they spend in their holiday cottage in west Clare.
 

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Connemara. White-tailed eagled on her nest.

Except she's dead, poisoned.

There's been some real disasters with nest failures for the White-tailed eagles. Nests have failed in Kerry and Clare.

But it's had markedly more success than the Golden Eagle. There might be one or two pairs of Goldies hanging on in Donegal.
 


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