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Sargeliai Community


Attractive rural environment preservation and formation

As a native Englishman, and having lived in Lithuania for nearly 5 years, I have come to love this beautiful country. The diversity of Mother Nature is wonderful. So much of my native England is overly managed for the profit of Man and not for the benefit of nature. It leads to the question... What is a natural enviroment ? The land of Lithuania was created in the last Ice Age. There is very little land here from before that time. That is why Lithuania is so flat and covered with the remains of the retreating ice sheet. There are small hills of sand and clay deposits, extensive peat beds and a multitude of lakes, bogs and marshes. All of these are typical of post-glacial retreat. Thankfully there are very few deposits of any real intrinsic value, so many of the habitats here are unspoilt. Lithuania is also a country with distinct seasons. Winters are very long and harsh which looks after the flora and fauna that likes this type of climate, which in turn thrives. There are very few , if any, non-native species here, so the native species can in turn thrive with no competition other than Man. England is over-run with non native species of both flora and fauna. Grey squirrels, African Green Parrots, Signal Crayfish, River Turtles and even Scorpions are now in residence there. Much of the flora is also non-native. What I am trying to say is that Lithuania is relatively pristine. I have never seen so many frogs, cranes. storks or dragonflies and a host of others in my life. The lakes and wetlands are so full of wildlife and it all seems to work in perfect harmony. Lithuania is a joy for anyone who wants to enjoy nature. BUT........it would be very easy to destroy and lose these wonderful places here. Pollution from the use of farming chemicals is probably the biggest threat to the natural balance. The use of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides does not discriminate when they reach pristine natural habitats. They upset the natural balance of nature. Why dig out peat bogs? Peat briquettes have little calorific value, but someone can make a living from destroying nature, and they will !!!!! Community pride in the natural resources here must be paramount. If a community sees unfair exploitation of Nature, it should come together and try to prevent it. It has taken many thousands of years for Mother Nature to create these enviroments, but it can take Man an hour to destroy it. If you start upsetting the delicate balance of nature, then it causes a chain reaction, if you start destroying habitats it will filter right through the food chain. No Frogs...... No Storks. Lithuanians have a love affair with plastic Storks to put in the garden. If Mother Nature is not protected,then plastic Storks will be the only way to see these beautiful birds. In conclusion, it is down to the individual and community to protect the countryside and not allow it to be abused by exploitation, corruption and pollution.

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