Nature gets a kicking as local wildlife havens become hotbeds of anti-social behaviour | Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
TROUBLE AT THE LAKES
As a long term member of Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust, you can probably imagine what I think about fellow human beings who behave like this.
I am a frequent visitor to Testwood Lakes and have never so much as dropped a sweet wrapper. I have always been impressed with the way the area has been managed for the environment and allowing public access. Much of the work has been undertaken by volunteer effort, involving thousands of hours work every year.
There is a kind of collective madness that takes over the groups of people that behave this way. Do we have to have videos cameras in every part of the countryside, with police and rangers swooping down and enforcing proper behaviour whenever it happens? How would it be paid for?
I want my annual subscription and donations to be spent for the benefit of wildlife.
I imagine the Trust staff are really hacked off by what's happening. They joined the Trust because they love nature and want to share knowledge, skills and enthusiasm with others.
How could we impose zero tolerance of such behaviour with police resources so stretched? The Government's idea that we could lose 21,000 officers without consequences was plainly wrong. Unfortunately, it will take many years of recruitment and training before we get back to what was lost.
From racist graffiti, people fighting with broken bottles, piles of throw-away BBQs and groups of naked swimmers, Hampshire’s nature reserves have seen it all this weekend.
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