When Nature Gives You Cherries – The Blackbirds Pick Their Own
Cancelled berry- picking event plans with blackbirds literally picking-their-own.
I was reading the other day on the BBC page, about a pick-your-own event being cancelled due to the blackbirds literally picking their own fruit and heavily depleting the cherry stocks from around 80 trees, meaning that the event scheduled for the 28th June had to be put off as there was no offering to be had.
The National Trust at Calstock in Cornwall said it didn’t mind too much that the blackbirds had their own little picnic feast on nature’s finest supply of cherries. I guess nature has a sense of humour and provides for its own. The cherry trees have been blossoming at this location in the orchards since 2004 but over recent years the supply grown has risen greatly.
After the gardener discovered and reported the ‘Oopsy’ moment in the cherry orchard it was stated that prospective visitors can rest assured that the apple-picking event later in the year is still set to go ahead – fingers crossed the word doesn’t get out amongst the animal community that they’ll be more food on offer for the taking in autumn/winter.
Nature is biting back and taking what they need for themselves and their young, although it must have been a jaw-dropping moment for the person who discovered there were no berries and how to then converse the situation up the chain to management. It isn’t, after all, your daily usual and casual turn of events. I’m sure it was met with laughter and bewilderment of not quite fully believing and comprehending quite what had gone on.
Not quite Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror/thriller called, The Birds, (based on Daphne du Maurier’s story) where residents in Bodega Bay are under siege from the murderous winged creatures from the avian family.
Once hailed a horror, but now met with some amusement as technology special effects have moved on considerably, the director, Hitchcock, said 3,200 birds were trained for the film with the ravens said to be the most intelligent and the seagulls the most aggressive.
It seems that nature has a part to play in more than just a film and have crafted their own narrative in our National Trust orchards. I can’t blame them, after all, nature provides for those that need it.
As amused as I was by this story (not the film, although maybe the film too as I have seen it) it made me think about how this can impact us in business sometimes too – because life and business doesn’t always go to plan – a bit like my new website which has just launched and after some minor change over some small hiccups, we are now, very much, launching. In fact, we have launched.
View my new website here
NB: Thank you to my teenage, creative & autistic son for his work experience assistance in creating eye-popping graphics for me and you the reader.
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