It’s hard to hear much above the bleating ruckus of the near 10 million sheep stripping the Welsh countryside bare. But then it’s perhaps no wonder voices are drowned out beneath the humming and baaing of those presiding over the land use for rural Wales, when sheep outnumber people three to one.
A curious legal artefact introduced by the coalition government; ‘The Infrastructure Act’ of 2015, classes species at one time native in plenty, once driven extinct, as outlaws in their own lands.
There is a strange anti-native malaise sweeping the UK. Brexit built on this anti-immigration rhetoric, perpetuating fears that ‘open doors’ meant closed doors on job opportunities for a perceived ‘British citizen’, locked doors on housing and swinging the UK wide open to terrorism. All these issues are complex and multifaceted in a way the campaigns in the lead up to the EU Referendum failed to communicate – instead we were given a scapegoat on which to pour all our problems. These fears, I believe, have become part of an ideology that extends into all aspects of our British culture – a culture of fear, blame and ignorance. And it extends into the realm of conservation too.