The badger wood ? Gone. Mortuary wood, where I left the badger to decompose ? Gone - and it was small, but an hour spent there showed it was rich with wildlife. Parts of the Pheasant Woods where I began bone collecting ? Gone. More recently, a wood near the pine marten wood was cut down. A big part of Titus Well wood was cut down for a major power line. The wood where I filmed the roe deer carcass was cut down earlier this year. And a wood just beside the main road north past my village has been cut down.
So why is it happening ? To find out, we need to go back in the past. After WWII, most of the timber was used in the war effort, and to replenish the stock, there were tax incentives to plant thousands of trees were planted in the 1960s and 70s. These trees take about 40 or 50 years to grow, so are now coming to maturity. The problem is, the tax breaks stopped in the 1990s, so there aren't enough plantations to replace those being cut down.
There are five amazing woods that I've found and seen loads and they are all joined together on one of the moors above my village. One of these woods was cut down a couple years ago, and after it was done, dad went up to see what it was like. It was pretty horrible. The wood had once been really nice and full of animals, but now these was only tree stumps and things like litter that were left behind by the workers.
This is the effect that all the deforestation is having. So, when my younger brothers start to take an interest in wildlife, will there be any woods left for them to explore ?
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