Friday, December 15, 2006

Pest control

Having avoided using chemicals in the garden until we establish if there is a natural balance between pests and predators; we were expecting to have some damage to our plants. Enormous snail population aside there is a wealth of other pests inhabiting our land, particularly sap sucking insects.

The damage to this tree’s leaves was caused by sheep grazing on them. The sheep’s natural predator is the wolf which is making a come back in the Iberian mountain ranges to the north and west. Farmers and Shepherds are already raising the alarm over wolves in Galicia, and their problems may be about to become exacerbated due to the successful re-introduction of the brown Pyrenean bear. In the countryside those shepherds often stay out with their flocks 24 hours a day, some of them are becoming increasingly concerned not only for the welfare of their livestock but also for their own safety.


1 comment:

  1. You have nice and interesting articles. Keep up the good work and god bless you and your family...