Tuesday, February 26, 2013

We suspect instinctive non-native species reinforces the moral vision of the binary nature

Imagine this autumn scene

Are the forest to find a basket of chestnuts. The fields involved in the green ears of barley and inaugurate, pheasants and partridges flush red while walking. A trio of hares Jinks far, its members and ears awkward fantastic dance all on the horizon. Rabbits bolting to cover all 10 steps and all old chestnut beam you are caught in the nice little yellow light reflector.

When the bird does not attract the eye away in SCUTS a dozen fallow deer trot anonymity deep wood. Few meters and there is your harvest chestnuts scattered on the ground as small green sputnik comes raining from space.

Can you think of a more rural scene inherently more typically English than that? And if you can not, think again. All elements of the imaginary landscape there before us. They are what ecologists call the non-native species. Barley was our Neolithic ancestors, hares and chestnuts were imported iron age, the Normans gave us deer, rabbits and pheasants, partridges came to the time of Charles II, while the owl had to wait for about a few followers of Victoria to its input. However, all are deeply rooted in our sense of the field.

As the hare could even think spring comes to all, slapstick antics crazy creature? However, there is a mammal which holds more strongly for a nuanced approach to foreign invaders. The Chinese water deer is a primitive species labrador size with strangers fangs vampires who escaped in the landscape of East Anglia in the mid 20th century. Exotic as it may seem, this endearing creature swamp teddy bear is now part of the Broads environment. Where I live, winter nights are filled with the wild music of their courtship calls. Today, the population of foreign mammals can be critical to the existence of the species, given the dismal state of the deer in its native Asia. British Chinese water deer can always become the last hope of survival.

We must continue to bless the hare as a carrier of spring and learn to love the Chinese water deer as a permanent resident in our midst. Ultimately, however, we must avoid a general condemnation of "foreigners" and take each case - non-native species -. Depending on their individual merits


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