Wade with me, if you will, into the shallow end of the gene pool…
Chasewater is a site of special scientific interest, or SSI. It contains rare and fragile species of many plants, birds and animals, which are preserved there for the public to enjoy. The park is crossed by many tracks, and is part of the National Cycle Network. Unfortunately, these tracks attract the off road use of motorcycles and quads. Not only is this damaging to the flora and fauna, it’s an antisocial practice indulged in by morons.There really is no other adequate description of these people who are willfully damaging a place of beauty.
Finally braving the weather today, I thought I’d take advantage of the lack of people to see if I could get some bird photos… fat chance. The lull seemed to be filled by moronicus motorcyclus in its’ various forms. These three pictures were taken in the space of about 5-10 minutes.
The photo above demands further comment – this is a young lad on an expensive scrambler, apparently accompanied by an adult; somebody has bought him all the right gear, too – yet he was riding on the sands around the island on the west shoreline, which is now accessible due to the low water level. The island , normally isolated, forms home to many nesting birds who can usually nest there undisturbed. In the foreground is a notice erected by the ranger team warning park users to take care around young birds.
Surely, if you can afford all that gear you can afford to take it somewhere where scrambling is legal, rather than destroy your local nature reserve? If these prats hit a pedestrian, they’ll not be insured… but then, they don’t care, just as they don’t care for their environment.
I hope they get nicked, I really do.