Now I might be a bit slow on the uptake sometimes but I always thought that if you were setting out to protect dolphins you should always remember that they are not trees.
In fact they are not any type or species of tree or any other stationary or non-moving living creature or, indeed, any inanimate object that does not stray from its starting point.
So if we wish to protect a tree we can put a line in the earth around it and then make sure that nothing comes near it with appropriately worded signage. We can also think about ensuring that the tree gets the appropriate nutrients and water. So it’s not just what is around the tree that counts but what comes into contact with it from its neighbourhood; so no polluting rivers or toxic substances in the nearby soil.
Okay so that’s 101 in tree conservation. So why, when we would sensibly do that for a non-walking tree, does the UK Government go and offer for oil exploitation blocks of ocean that sit right next to where they say they are protecting some of the only remaining bottlenose dolphins to be found around the UK. That will be the same dolphins that definitely don’t stay in their Special Area of Conservation (SAC), but range along the Moray coastline that the UK Government is offering up for exploration
But hey! The dolphins have their SAC to retreat to, - because, of course, they will immediately recognize the line in the sea that the UK Government has drawn whilst it applies its ‘tree based’ conservation policy to the seas around us.