Over the last decade, shrinking forests and climate change have attributed to the massive decline in numbers of the, now nearly extinct, red squirrel population.
With such precious few numbers of the animal left, one of their most substantial colonies, which resides in Wales, has been under consistent threat due to the prevalence of illegal raves close by. Over the previous Bank Holiday weekend, some 2000 ravers descended on the area, a site between Llanddewi Brefi and Llanfair Clydogau, for an illegal event, which local wildlife experts adamently say is a disruption to the species.
Dr Lizzie Wilberforce, of the Welsh Wildlife Trust, described the nature of the threat as:
“What I’m concerned about is the impact this rave would have had not just on the colony of red squirrels, but local wildlife in general. Animals can grow accustomed to regular disturbance – it’s when something happens in an area previously left untouched that problems can occur. There’s normally very little human activity in that area so the effects of the rave could potentially be far greater.”
The party in question is called UKTek and advertised through a series of coded clues, texts, and emails. As the video below shows, the organisation seems to have a volatile relationship with authority. Perhaps the squirrels have become something of a scapegoat in the call to end such events; “We have had one on both the May bank holidays so far and this one ran for three days with the very loud music heard two miles away,” said Llanfair Clydogau community councillor Alan Leech.
Source: The Telegraph