We've just returned from a short city break, (Norwich) and the amount of wildlife we saw was unbelievable.
Probably around two dozen deer, upwards of twenty to thirty badgers and a higher number of foxes... countless rabbits, at least one bird of prey and I lost count of the pheasants. In fact I gave up counting, because it became too depressing.
All dead alongside of the M11 and A11. Once, there was even a badger and deer lying side by side.
I've done a search on statistics... of course they are stupidly low, because if the animal isn't reported then they're not counted. Legally I believe drivers only need to report domestic animals, (going on what the articles said.) Of course I've seen roadkill before, but never in numbers like this. It was so totally disheartening... I was left thinking what a vile, self-centred species we are at times.
I was glad when I heard about the latest botched lunar mission, (not even sure what they were doing- I just heard it crashed) because we do not have the right to set foot on another planet. Not after what we're doing to this one.
While I am in the mood I do not think much of diesel cars or great big four by fours often running around often only carrying just one person either, environmentalists I rather think not.
Alan - busy being fabulous
In general diesel cars are far more fuel efficient and reliable than most petrol cars.
One of the reasons I purchased a diesel car was that the government reduced the car tax to £20pa for diesel car engines that have very low emissions and are less polluting. Many of these diesel engines were branded as 'ECO' engines.
Now, diesel cars are no longer popular due to the emission of nitrogen oxide. The unfortunate side effect of this is the second hand value of my car has plunged and therefore I am unable to afford to replace my diesel car for something less polluting.
Ps: My car is a Ford Focus estate not a so called 'Chelsea tractor'.
I believe those affected by the reduced value of their diesel cars should be reimbursed, although I cannot see that ever happening. But interesting to hear the former vw boss is now charged over the diesel emissions scandal which started in 2015, but so far the government is still refusing to take air pollution seriously hence the demonstrations in London at the moment.
I also saw a report stating a school has planted a thick high hedge in front of the playground in order to protect the children from diesel fumes; plus my nine year old grandson has been rushed to hospital unable to breathe not once but three times alone this year brought on by breathing in diesel fumes, he suffers from asthma. In light of this news I will not be driving my car any longer even though it runs on petrol but instead using public transport.
However, changing the subject slightly I also think there should be a mandatory driving test related to one’s health and age, in particular eyes and reaction times.