The creatures we feared our grandchildren wouldn’t see have vanished: it’s happened faster than even pessimists predicted
- George Monbiot
- The Guardian
It felt as disorienting as forgetting my pin number.
I stared at the caterpillar, unable to attach a name to it.
I don’t think my mental powers are fading: I still possess an eerie capacity to recall facts and figures and memorise long screeds of text.
As a child and young adult, I delighted in being able to identify almost any wild plant or animal.
And now it has gone.
This ability has shrivelled from disuse: I can no…