Freezing weather endangers British wildlife

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Britain’s long cold spell is threatening ever greater numbers of animals, birds and insects. The length of the current cold spell is unprecedented, with temperatures are unlikely to return to their average level until the end of April. By that time, a great deal of harm could have been done to the nation’s wildlife.

A report in The Observer warns that the freezing weather is particularly affecting creatures that are already struggling to survive the loss of their habitats and changes in climate, including:

  • Hedgehogs that are still hibernating. “The weather is not yet warm enough to wake them,” said Fay Vass, Chief Executive of the Hedgehog Preservation Society. “Usually they would be up and about by now. The problem is that the longer a hedgehog remained asleep, the weaker it gets and the less energy it has to restore itself to wakefulness. In general, the longer the cold weather lasts, the greater the…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to Freezing weather endangers British wildlife

  1. Tony says:

    When it comes to our climate, we are seemingly enduring scary times right now. In fact, if studying my own local data, I have recently been able to conclude the following.

    We have now witnessed ten CONSECUTIVE months (at least in my patch) with CETs below average.

    *CET are Central England Temperature indexes, as used by the United Kingdom Met Office for interpreting official climate trends. My Davis weather station is an automated weather station which correlates its own data against the Met Office standard figures.

    Interesting, if not potentially worrying times ahead for our precious ecosystems.

    • argylesock says:

      Certainly worrying, I think. Thanks for your data – I didn’t know we’d had 10 months in succession which were colder than usual, but that fits with my own observations. For my allotment, last year was pretty much a write-off.

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