Thursday, 3 November 2016
CHEMICAL 'SOAKING' FOR LINCOLNSHIRE NATURE RESERVE FRINGE
It looks colourful, extravagantly so, but . . .
By allowing an alien powder to be scattered over part of Cleethorpes coastal nature reserve in advance of a late-summer foreshore fun-run, North East Lincolnshire Council scarcely enhanced its reputation as a custodian of wildlife.
Whatever the substance (probably dyed cornflour), its distribution will have done no favour to any butterflies, bees, ladybirds, grasshoppers or other insects unlucky enough to have been within the deposit zone.
If an individual or business offloaded a mystery chemical over part of the nature reserve, it would probably face prosecution, but, because of the involvement of a partner organisation of the council (Lincs Inspire), a blind eye was probably turned.
No one likes a spoilsport (or a killjoy), and the luminous substance doubtless added to the gaiety of the occasion, but, if the event is to be repeated in future, here's hoping the integrity of the nature reserve will be respected.