> Could have something to do with people driving too
> much and concreting over their front gardens to
> install their cars, thereby reducing the amount of
> greenery available to host insects (and do other
> beneficial stuff). Like many things, each of us
> can help change it for the better but there's also
> an excuse, eh?
Many people are also concreting/paving/decking their back gardens.
There is usually at least one thread on this forum offering topsoil
I have a paved garden myself, which I inherited from the previous owner - it is very tiny though and it would be an absolute pain to have to keep a mower to mow such a tiny patch of grass.
I have been gradually removing paving stones to increase the number of plants I can cram in, however I am a bit worried I will end up with just a few stepping stones amongst a tiny jungle
However, sad as the loss of urban plantlife is, I think the main cause of the problem is the commercial/agricultural use of pesticides. They don't just kill the pests that attack the crops in question, they kill other insects as well, and that has a knock-on effect on the things which eat those insects, or did do.
But there are loads more birds round here than magpies, crows and parakeets - blackbirds, sparrows, blue tits, great tits, goldfinches, wrens, sparrowhawks, seagulls, robins, pigeons, collared doves, probably loads more but I have seen all those in my garden.
Plus jays and magpies I have seen elsewhere, and woodpeckers I have heard. And long tailed tits I vaguely remember seeing in the woods, though I may be confusing that with another wood elsewhere.
Fair number of butterflies too, but I don't have any plants at the moment which specifically attract them.
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