I was interested to read this story that trees in the Amazon rainforest were being fitted with mobile phones . If the tree is illegally felled, and reaches somewhere with mobile phone reception it starts making calls to the authorities; ‘Come and get me! I’m on the truck of an illegal logger!’.
It’s an interesting use of technology. I hope the phones being used might be signed up to the WWF network which produces money for ‘the pandas’ – 10% of net revenues go to the conservation of threatened species.
“Most people use a mobile phone, so this is an innovative and easy way for people to do their bit for conservation,” said the WWF’s communications and fundraising director Tobin Aldrich.
Maybe every hen harrier should have a mobile phone. But who would they call? Richard Benyon? Natural England? The Moorland Association? Probably not? Maybe the National Wildlife Crime Unit – now their number remains live?