Drone Flies, Not Drones

Eristalis pertinax
Eristalis pertinax

If students of the natural world learn anything, it’s that everything is more interconnected than we had even supposed. Peace will not come from drone strikes, but it might come from a deeper appreciation for the finer things in life. Like drone flies, perhaps? And whilst I’m being a little bit political, how daft does nature make our arbitrary geopolitical borders look? Migration is a seamless whole. One can no more dictate the movement of people than you can stop next spring’s swallows or come up with a quota for winter thrush numbers.

We’re all from somewhere else, if you go back far enough. And if I’m not convincing, try this beautiful poem by Ruth Padel.


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