ANIMALS and plants are fleeing the effects of climate change far faster than first suspected according to new research.
Species are moving away from the earths warm equatorial belt at a rate equivalent to 20cm (8in) per hour a team of British-led scientists claimed.
‘This has been going on for the last 40 years and is set to continue for at least the rest of this century’ said lead scientist and conservation biologist Prof Chris Thomas from the University of York.
In England the comma butterfly has moved 220km (137 miles) -
Northwards from central England in only two decades.
The researchers calculated that every ten years on average species -
Had moved 18km (11 miles) in the direction of the poles.
Shifts to higher elevations were at the rate of 12m (39ft) per decade.
Photos: Whitethroat – Male & Female. Very distinctive bewitching tiny white-throat chestnut grey-brown mantle pinkish breast white eye ring and belly. Flicking cocking long white edged tail. Darting rapidly in out of cover.
Male builds deep cup-shaped nest of grass roots wedged in shrubs female chooses and lines with hair down wool.
Inquisitive dainty Whitethroats endearing gusto jolty rhythm singing rapid churring calls.
Populations crashed 1968 by 70%! 2011: “Still only a fraction of their pre-crash level!”…
Woefully Under our noses ‘Amber?’ – ‘IF ONLY’… Tragically more likely – RED Dead!
Question: Really. These Amber – ‘Out of Date’ – Do Not Believe It Lists… Forever ‘It’s Amber’- They Stink!
Help Whitethroats: Breeding season beetles insects caterpillars bugs. Summers-end berries fruit.
Some of Britains best-loved animals including the red squirrel. Hedgehog, Scottish wildcat could become extinct within 20 years a report has warned.
Brown hares, woodland grouse, natterjack toads, cuckoos and turtle doves are also on the top ten ‘most at risk’ list in the Eden Species Report.
The red-necked phalarope wading bird was named as the animal most under threat with just 36 breeding pairs left. Followed by black-tailed godwit with 50 breeding pairs.
‘We can all do our bit to help these animals living on our own doorstep to ensure that are not lost forever.’ Said TV channel Eden which commissioned the study.
2011 August 17: ‘Feather Brained’ They Are Not – Stress Levels in Birds -
Stress in birds can be measured by examining their feathers. When faced with threats such as predators bad weather or oil spills wild birds secrete a hormone called corticosterone.
Scientists used to abnalise it in blood but now a study at Tufts University in Massachusetts has shown corticosterone spikes can also be deducted in feathers which offer significant advantages over blood because they leave a record of stress as the birds grow.
2011 August 17: ‘Kew Makes Meadows A Growing Concern Again’ -
Native flowers which will help restore Britains vanishing meadows are being grown in special seed beds by Kew Garden botanists. Plants which have proved difficult to cultivate will be harvested for the £750,000 project at the Millenium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place, West Sussex.
‘Britains native seed hub features devil’s bit scabious, cuckoo flower and harebell among the diverse species being grown in a walled nursery.’
Other seeds will be provided for conservation groups and landowners to use. ‘Lowland meadows are an important part of our grasslands but in England and Wales were down to less than 10,000ha (25,000 acres)’ – said project leader Michael Way.
“Species Go on Run From Climate” – RED-SQUIRRELS – ‘EXTINCT’ IN ’20’ YEARS…!’ – 2011 News
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