Requiem for the Destroyed

Human influence extends almost everywhere, and there is less and less untouched wilderness. Even nature reserves can be seen as human-made “wildflower beds”, their species often determined by the desires and values of humans.

Rugosa rosa (Rosa rugosa) is a cultivated fugitive that was first introduced to Finland at the end of the nineteenth century. The oldest observation of its spread to nature is from 1929. It grew in Seili back in 1986, but was eradicated according to official instructions. Admittedly though, there is nothing to stop birds from carrying hips laden with viable seeds back to the island.

Map of the Isle of Seili where the recording place of the organ is marked by a rose hip