I've always been puzzled by where the lovely donkeys come from that end up at looking at us reproachfully from adverts for sanctuaries in the UK. Why are there apparently so many - do we import them? I'm also pleasantly surprised by how big birds are here; all power to the RSPB for raising their "million voices for nature" (I'm not sure how big the brilliant BTO is - much smaller but still relatively big - and when I googled it to find out I found a sponsored link to...the RSPB). We don't eat our donkeys and we don't shoot our thrushes. We are indeed a nation of nature lovers.
Our interests are formed by culturally based preconceptions, however; there are no pig sanctuaries for distressed sows, I haven't heard of any significant funding for efforts to neuter feral cats, and as for little boys... one of the charities we work with is the excellent and innovative Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
, the sole specialist charity working for amphibia and reptiles across the UK. Membership 600.