Beaver reintroduction project notice, Greenford Road

Ten years ago today I created the 145th post for Greenford 365. To mark the blog’s anniversary I will attempt to post a photo every day throughout 2022.

A notice about the plan to reintroduce beavers to an area of Paradise Fields mentions a public consultation but that tends to mean the project will go ahead, regardless of the nature of any responses. Participation in it involves the use of the internet but many of those who might take an interest or have an opinion fall into the older age group that is digitally excluded.

Its promoters have suggested that the reintroducton of beavers would help to mitigate flooding locally. Run off is an increasing problem, exacerbated by the building on and paving over of gardens, despite the existence of planning regulations that don’t allow it. But those responsible are voters and enforcement isn’t a vote winner.

It is worth noting that, although the location for the project will be Greenford, the membership of Ealing Wildlife Group and Friends of Horsenden Hill seems to be made up, to a substantial part, of those who don’t live in it and both have accepted funding from the Greenford Quay development while bemoaning the impact of development.

The irony is that, while efforts are being made to bring something as exotic as beavers “back” to Greenford, nothing is being done to save the local environments where hedgehogs, slowworms and frogs once flourished – front and back gardens.

Images and text ©Albertina McNeill 2022. Please do not reproduce without permission. All rights reserved. Do not add any of these images to Pinterest or similar sites as this will be regarded as a violation of copyright.

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