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11:00am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Letters
ON television last Saturday I watched and listened with pleasure to Nigel Kennedy’s performance of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending at the Last Night of the Proms.
It set me thinking, however, that it is a long time since I either heard or saw a lark ascending on the hills above West Malvern where ‘our Nige’ used to live.
When I first arrived in Malvern just over 50 years ago, the sound and sight of larks on the Malvern hills was commonplace in summer but now, sadly, this is no longer the case.
Since their former habitat on the hills has scarcely changed during this period (except perhaps for the increased number of trees) and pesticides are not used, it seems strange and distressing that these wonderful birds have vanished. I would like to know the reason why.
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