|It is very encouraging to hear your report about Vienna and the management of nature obviously varies here too from town to town. This very much depends on the attitudes and priorities of those who 'rule'!
One must remember though that the academic world is quite separate from the world 'outside'. Living in a popular seaside suburb to Kristianstad we see the other side where materialism, computers and television tend to dominate young peoples' lives. There's also a tendency to have more children. No time for gardening either, the gardens are covered by concrete slabs, pots and the odd plant. This I find very sad and it also affects birds and insects which have drastically declined over the past couple of years. We used to have the Large Blue as a visitor to our garden but no more!! This may, of course, also be due to climatic conditions.
I'd certainly love to see a strong global movement for the preservation of nature - perhaps this will happen via Facebook, Twitter or the like, who knows!
With best wishes, Ulla