We are attracted to the beauty of the natural world, but have a tendency to be careless with it, failing to realise that if our actions are repeated by numerous others the effect could be profound.
And so we blithely throw down a blanket for a picnic in the midst of a spectacular display of bluebells without really thinking about the plants that will be crushed or perhaps believing there are so many that a few losses won’t really matter.
But humans are now so numerous in the world that actions which seem fairly harmless become harmful by repetition. A similar effect can be seen on mountains popular with hillwalkers as many feet create significant erosion.
The UK has a particular responsibility when it comes to bluebells, as half of all the world’s population is found here.
If we end up helping to destroy such a beautiful flower through sheer thoughtlessness, we will regret it.