The adaptability of nature

Nature is able to adapt and opportunistically take advantage of what it finds.

A wild tree opportunistically colonised the roof of Colchester Castle.

A wild tree opportunistically colonised the roof of Colchester Castle.

When I pick up litter in certain places of Hilly Fields in Colchester I check and remove snails which have used the litter as a home.  I recognise that although humanity increasingly encroaches upon plant and animal, nature adapts to live, grow and reproduce.  The ducks, pigeons and squirrels of Colchester Castle Park use humans as a food source.  Colchester Castle for hundreds of years has been a home for bees and pigeons, a wild tree grows on the Castle roof.  My neighbour has bats in their roof, and a fox enters their cat flap to raid the cat food. Plastic munching bacteria love the islands of plastic humanity dumped in the oceans.  The Daily Mail newspaper ran an article about abandoned buildings in Finland now home to otters, squirrels, foxes, voles, badgers and other wildlife.

Even if human civilisation collapses there exists a group of humans from North Sentinel Island who DNA suggests are 60,000 years old and are likely to continue to exist in their insular ecosystem as they have done for tens of thousands of years.  The Sentinelese are now a protected people who are hostile to outsiders they will kill on sight, quite rightly as any contact with modern humans will subject them to diseases they have no immunity to, as well as to exploitation.  The Sentinelese are a hunter gatherer people in harmony with nature.  It is hunter gatherers who are likely to adapt faster to global collapse than modern humans since they already have the tools and skills to cope with working with nature, rather than against nature.


15 responses to “The adaptability of nature

  1. The ability to recognise reciprocity and the connection of all things is a lost art!

  2. Nature will always adapt I see it often not only with our buildings which have been abandoned but those lanes which once had tarmac and now are no longer used by traffic, the plants push up beneath and the hedgerows grow in, Nature if left to her own devices will always find its balance… Its such a shame Man often thinks he knows better and is often the cause of the imbalance and extinction of species as he interferes ..

    Wishing you a peaceful Sunday Alex

  3. Echoing many of my thoughts here. The more primitive you are, the more likely you are to survive, in other words, if you are a farmer who has yet to turn to technology, or a banker. It is with some joy that I anticipate the extinction of the latter.


  4. It’s tough for indigenous people to stay “wild” it’s such a hard life.

  5. “The meek shall inherit the earth”… those who still live ‘uncivilised’ are more likely to adapt to catastrophe and changes, than us who rely on electricity, shops for our food, technology. Thank goodness there are still some real human beings out there 🙂
    I was watching a programme yesterday where they were discussing culling of deer and badgers. Not one iota of irony in their eyes or voices as they parroted such phrases as ‘they carry diseases… they have no natural predators…. they’re encroaching on us…. they’re breeding too much…. they’re dangerous…’
    I would have laughed if it wasn’t so sad!

    • Sadly people treat nature as either a consumable commodity or something worthless to be destroyed. Such blindness shows a lack of connection with nature which ultimately will come back to bite humanity.

  6. Hi Alex,
    Today I noticed that the squirrels in Castle Park were unusually hungry. We fed them some hazelnuts and they are them all on the spot. Do you know if council provides them with any food? I’m scared that because people feed them a lot in warmer months, they become dependant on that and the go hungry in the winter. I cannot find any information about it anywhere though.

    • Hi Agata, Colchester Borough Council own and run Castle Park, they do not feed the squirrels. I doubt there is anything to worry about with the squirrels going hungry as the park and surrounding area provide lots of nuts which the squirrels naturally hide and store away during the Autumn months. In addition, people still feed the squirrels, and they raid the bird feeding stations in the area for nuts given for the birds.

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