Biodiversity is vital to us all

I felt I must respond to Mr May and his letter ‘This should be tidied forthwith’ (Observer, August 14) regarding the beach between the Sailing Club and Channel view.

I find it sad that our natural environment is considered ‘scruffy, untidy and 
overgrown’ as Mr May comments.

Shingle beach habitats are globally scarce so in East Sussex we should be proud to be the caretakers of such a rare commodity.

Vegetation on shingle helps to stabilise and fix the stones preventing them from washing away in times of stormy weather.

A natural sea defence that doesn’t cost the council tax payer a fortune!

Mr May, did you take a close look at the many different plants and see just how many bees and butterflies were using this patch of vegetation?

Walk along to the formal flower bed in front of the amusements in Channel View (perhaps you think these ‘fine and grand’) and count how many bees there are there – I didn’t see a single bee!

Biodiversity is very important in an age when we are losing habitats in the bid for more roads, housing etc.

My own opinion is that it provides an area of natural charm in an otherwise totally man-made seafront and adds another dimension to the Bexhill experience.

I also understand that the landowners are not allowed to remove these plants for legal reasons.

Perhaps Mr May would like to see the return of the trampolines that used to be situated here instead?

Julie Bowles

Havelock Road


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