The newest MSc assignment is a report on the positive and negative sides of the topic “Impact on the environment”. The source of the “impact” may be freely choosen in the report. Nevertheless focussing on human impact seems to be the obvious choice, as a lot of other “things with impact”, e.g. introduced species or monocultures, are of anthropogenic origin.
Thus, linked to the assignment, this week’s photo-outing led us to Whisby Nature Park in Lincolnshire. Being a former gravel pit, now turned into a nature reserve with lakes and small woodlands, Whisby offers many opportunities for investigating how strong the human influence on the environment can be. Despite the renaturation, the artificial shaping of the park’s landscapes by human hand still is apparent. However, this is not as negative for the reserve as it may sound at first. Yes, electric power lines and train tracks can be seen meandering though the park, but the same is true for numerous hiking paths and bird watching areas. Fences are present, but mainly used to fence off areas undergoing restoration, and an apparent effort is put into supporting local wildlife by distributing nesting boxes and hedgehog homes throughout the park.
Altogether, I believe that misty autumn day in Whisby gave me plenty to think about regarding human impact on the environment.