Areas of Alexandra Park get fenced off, tree felling and wildlife habitat destruction takes place, and wild birds seem to be getting on with their lives… so what’s the problem? If we destroy their habitat, they’ll
just move somewhere else, right?
The trouble is, the less suitable habitat is available, the more competition there will be for resources. And certain habitats are more suited to certain types of wildlife than others – you can’t just tell a bird or a hedgehog to go and set up home in another part of the park! Plus, this sort of thing is happening all over Manchester – so where exactly is all the wildlife supposed to go?
It is sad, and worrying, that this seems to be such a secondary consideration. It should have been possible to modernise the tennis courts, plant flower beds, open a cafe and carry out works on the trees and shrubs that needed it, without all this destruction.
The park is big enough for all of us.