Friday, 22 January 2010

What about the ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ of the Fen mosquitioes?

There's been an intriguing but misleading and upsetting story in the Cambridge News. My friend Jordan Day wrote it, though I guess that the National Trust provided the press release from which he worked.

The story is intriguing because it mentions 'the Google Trike' going round Wicken Fen gathering pictures to add to Google Street View. Apparently, people went round the Fen, which is supposed to be a National Nature Reserve, on tricycles with cameras mounted on poles. It's rough ground on the Fen. How did they keep the cameras steady?

The story is also misleading (though Jordan Day obviously didn't intend it to be so) because the pictures must have missed the special sounds of the Fen, especially those of the Summer months when the inimitable and inevitable ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ of the Fen mosquitioes is the dominant one.

Sadly, the story is also upsetting because, for those of us in the Fens who love our wildlife, it must have been yet another disturbing experience for what true wildlife still lives at Wicken Fen.

I have often claimed that there is more wildlife in my garden at River Bank than there is at the 'National Nature Reserve' at Wicken Fen and it's not surprising, for there is peace in my garden and busy cameramen and thousands of visitors at the NNR.

That isn't what the late Mr George Henry Verrall, M.P.,  would have had in mind when he left land for Fen wildlife to enjoy and have some peace in.

The Cambridge News story is at -

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