Water is the basis of life, generating food resources for birds, bats, amphibians etc. These webs are complex and involve multiple networks that take time to evolve. Deep in our common sense -we know this- we know it very well.
Except for when it is destroyed. There's a sudden deficit of this knowledge, it goes 'south' or is it 'west'? Echoes of the cyclist who 'didn't like cycling in the dark'-castigating any percieved preference over moths to people; its only fish. Assistance? direction? tenacity? call it policy, good practice, or legislation. Therein lies the deficit. In our borough we haven't adopted any of the polices that assist.
We have made redundant the borough ecology officer, we have revoked our subscription to Greenspace Information for Greater London; our Local Biodiversity Action Plan remains unadopted, we have severed these networks.
Everything we do has an impact, but our standard of proof is so high when it comes to wildlife; it has to be big, bloody, very dead and stretched out before us.
Dust and rubble, bark chippings, roots and we assume that next year everything will rise. But in the meantime it can also take time to slowly die.
Look beyond the railings at FB7; look beyond the dead fish, where is the web?