Many of us are concerned about the rapid growth of Market Harborough.
New estates are springing up around the town.
People of course have to live somewhere and we need lots more houses.
But can our town absorb several thousand more inhabitants?
Will the schools and health centres be able to cope?
Will it change the character of the town?
There is another aspect to all of this new development which rarely gets mentioned.
What happens to all the wildlife when the land is cleared for a new estate?
The birds and mammals were there long before we humans came along.
Why do we just assume we have a divine right to take over more and more land.
If it were other human beings we were displacing – like ethnic cleansing – there would be outrage.
In the fields above where I live in Lubenham Hill, there are lots of skylarks. It is a joy to hear them at this time of year.
But what will happen to them when all the proposed new housing is built in our part of Harborough, including the old airfield?
Yes – there is still a lot of wildlife in our suburban gardens.
But most new houses have such tiny gardens – there’s not much room for wildlife!
Its different with the large gardens that many of us have in Lubenham Hill.
Spare a thought for all creatures great and small.
It’s their planet too – and if we humans don’t take drastic action many species now under threat will just disappear.
The Canon Brian Davis is a regular columnist for the Harborough Mail.