The latest issue of the State of the UK’s Birds report (an annual overview produced by the RSPB, BTO and WWT, in coalition with the UK statutory conservation bodies and the assistance of many volunteers’ data input) has recently been released.
This year, the report focuses on the effects of climate change on the populations of many of our resident UK (and Overseas Territories) birds, and those visiting our shores throughout the year.
With average UK summer temperatures having increased by almost 10 centigrade since the 1980s, continuing trends could result in extinctions of some of our most threatened species. Evidence suggests earlier arrival, nesting and breeding of some of our migratory species is already happening and predictions of populations having to move further north in order to adapt to increasing temperatures are also set to occur.
Full details of the report and its headline findings are available for viewing on the RSPB website here.
The appropriate and sustainable restoration of mineral sites for a nature conservation end-use could help provide much-needed habitat and refuge for species across the landscape, as they have to adapt to conditions on the ground when faced with changing climatic conditions.
With the prospect of species colonising the UK from further south in Europe and increased temperatures and conditions influencing a shift in populations to more northerly climes (see the example of bee-eaters visiting quarries and attempting to breed over the last four years or so), the more habitat which can be created and managed for nature, the better.
Nature After Minerals,
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