From Richard Hopewell and Elsie P Smith
For information for those who may have been missed from Network Rail's questionable letter delivery service on Friday 4th. NR intend to move back to our area on Sunday 13th and Tuesday 15th - Friday 18th July to cut more trees. According to their latest letter, they will join the line at Hallroyd Junction (not sure where that is) but no mention is made as to which direction they will be going or how far either.
The usual panoply of chainsaws, chippers etc etc will be used, so we can guess that they are not intending doing some light branch lopping. If anyone has any information, please share it. The Community Relations Manager was "away from her desk" when I tried to contact her today (now there's a surprise!)
From Andrew Hall
I am pleased at the way the cut embankments are regenerating, and allowing many more species that the serried ranks of sycamores and silver birch that formerly dominated.
From Tim N
It may be a non issue for you Andrew - but alot of people seem quite upset by it
From Andrew Hall
I agree, Tim, but the reasons the 'upset' people give seem spurious.
Your sphere of expertise never fails to disappoint - now it's ornithology.
As a bird watcher, recorder, surveyor, volunteer, active conservationist, and bird ringer of a mere 35 years, my knowledge is nothing in comparison. However, I do know that birds produce two and often three broods of chicks right through the summer months and into the early Autumn. You clearly have other insider info, as you knowledgably state the birds have "... no plans to procreate until next spring." Dr Doolittle I assume?
By felling before October nests would without doubt be destroyed.
Allow me to share an often quoted story that for me illustrates why we need to strive to save each nest, even though on a global scale it will not change the course of history.
A man found thousands of jelly fish stranded on the beach after the tide had gone out. He started to pick the jelly fish up one by one and place them back in the water. Another man who was passing by told the first man that he was wasting his time as there were simply too many jelly fish trapped on the beach for the first man to make a real difference. As the first man continued to return jelly fish back into the water he replied, “made a difference to that one . . . . made a difference to that one . . . . made a difference to that one...”.
I can understand that we dont want birds and other nature being affected by the tree felling. So agree that the felling should be done at a time when it doesnt affect the breeding.
Birds can obviously build another once the young uns have flown the nest!
I live above Luddendenfoot and have a view of the valley towards Mytholmroyd / Hebden Bridge. There are a huge amount of trees along the valley so felling a few I imagine is not going to make a huge difference.
I always notice that we seem to have more trees in the UK than anywhere else I've ever been to.
I've noticed along the road where I live that some trees are getting so massive that the roots are pushing walls over - surely to help preserve roads / drystone walls / other flora and fauna we should be actively encouraging sympathetic tree felling?
Just think there were none there when they were all chopped down for the war effort!
From Calderdales Biodiversity Action Plan 2003 to 2010;
"Because Calderdale is a hilly area with the main communication routes through narrow steep-sided valleys, there is an overall misconception that the district is well wooded. In fact, the opposite is true with only 3% of Calderdale being tree-covered - well below the national average.
This places great importance on the woods we do have."
In addition I understand the UK has a far lower percentage tree cover than many other European countries.
On the plus side 21% of our woodlands have some form of protection (SSSI or National Nature Reserve etc.) Ref:-A Global Overview of Forest Conservation, World Conservation Monitoring Centre and Cenre for International Forestry Research.
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