Who doesn’t love a turtle? asks the headline. Quite a few to judge from the reception this piece got on social media.
Two lads planning to make money out of captive breeding reptiles and amphibians and with an ambition to reintroduce herptiles to the UK – quite a few of them.
When I was their age I didn’t have this much gumption!
All reintroductions need to be carefully thought through of course – and there are laws involved too.
But the thing that strikes me about this is that it is another of a growing number of examples of individuals, or small groups of individuals with very specific aims, making the running. Some of us will stumble and come to grief, but there are more and more runners. And the traditional wildlife NGOs look like they are ambling around in comparison. As a friend of mine has kept telling me, we may be at, or have passed, peak NGO.
And the statutory agencies and government itself seem to be blockages to biodiversity conservation rather than facilitators of it.
Under these conditions it’s good to see that people, young and old, are more and more looking for what they can do and not waiting for the establishment to do it for them. Just be thankful that they aren’t going into Westminster and throwing rocks but instead they are going into the countryside and throwing lizards, Beavers, Pine Martens and White Storks!