Walking down the road near my place this morning, I could hear the distinctive call of a parakeet, and see the bobbing black head of a woodpecker. The lining of trees had thinned, and there was this scene of mass destruction before me… Yes, the land was previously reserved for the military, but the birds in the area attracted nature lovers to the place. The trees grew tall, bold & free. It was where I saw my first stick insect outside the zoo. There were water hens poking around too. What happened to the animals that didn’t manage to fly away I wonder. What could I have done for the place? It feels ironic to have called for protection of other nature areas, and feel helpless in protecting the forest area in my own backyard. Yes, we have these spaces ‘reserved’ for housing development – at what cost?