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The Welsh-speaking pigeons of Languedoc | Brief letter

<p>Lithium extraction | Bird chirping | Over-70s | Cricket and snow | Oxford bags</p><p>Thea Riofrancos writes about the environmental costs of lithium extraction from the Atacama salt flats in Chile (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/14/electric-cost-lithium-mining-decarbonasation-salt-flats-chile" title="">The rush to ‘go electric’ comes with a hidden cost: destructive lithium mining</a>, 14 June). She makes no mention of the high-grade lithium in Cornwall that can be extracted without the need for evaporation pools. Perhaps this is what world leaders should have been discussing last weekend in Carbis Bay.<br><strong>Jane Swan</strong><br><em>Delabole, Cornwall</em></p><p>• Mona Arshi is not alone in hearing birds chirp in her childhood tongue (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jun/08/norfolk-birds-speak-punjabi-mona-arshi-the-poet-transcribing-bird-calls" title="">Do Norfolk birds speak Punjabi? Mona Arshi, the poet transcribing bird calls</a>, 8 June). Our local pigeons employ a soulful four-syllable “Aberystwyth”. Probably a yearning for home. I’ve also heard this call as far away as the Languedoc, suggesting these Welsh-speaking birds certainly get around.<br><strong>Jeff Williams</strong><br><em>Ystrad Mynach, Mid Glamorgan</em></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/15/the-welsh-speaking-pigeons-of-languedoc">Continue reading...</a>

Lithium extraction | Bird chirping | Over-70s | Cricket and snow | Oxford bags

Thea Riofrancos writes about the environmental costs of lithium extraction from the Atacama salt flats in Chile (The rush to ‘go electric’ comes with a hidden cost: destructive lithium mining, 14 June). She makes no mention of the high-grade lithium in Cornwall that can be extracted without the need for evaporation pools. Perhaps this is what world leaders should have been discussing last weekend in Carbis Bay.
Jane Swan
Delabole, Cornwall

• Mona Arshi is not alone in hearing birds chirp in her childhood tongue (Do Norfolk birds speak Punjabi? Mona Arshi, the poet transcribing bird calls, 8 June). Our local pigeons employ a soulful four-syllable “Aberystwyth”. Probably a yearning for home. I’ve also heard this call as far away as the Languedoc, suggesting these Welsh-speaking birds certainly get around.
Jeff Williams
Ystrad Mynach, Mid Glamorgan

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