How is Climate Change Affecting the UK’s Bird Population?
There is no denying that climate change is happening. We can already see the difference it’s making to our UK weather. Temperatures continue to rise and severe weather changes are taking place.
As a complementary wild bird food manufacturer we are, of course, concerned about how this will impact British wildlife. The ‘State of The UK’s Birds’ report is written every year and it records the results from annual, periodic and one-off surveys, along with monitoring studies of birds.
Some of the biggest changes noted include: the shift in species that we are likely to see, as well as the timings of bird activity shuffling around too. Average temperatures in the UK have increased by almost 1C since the 1980’s. Birds such as the swallow are spending up to 4 weeks longer in the UK each year! And take the great tit for example – they are laying their eggs 11 days earlier than 40 years ago!
How Can We Help With Climate Change and Wild Birds?
Climate change is certainly a hot topic at the moment. Although there are particularly vulnerable species of birds that will be hit the hardest, there may also be some that can benefit from the changes in temperature. One thing is for certain – we need to continue doing our bit for wild birds. Carry on placing complementary bird food outside all year round. This will help to promote health and growth during the most challenging times.
Our Suet To Go® range of wild bird food is high in both fat and protein, great for when natural food sources are depleted during the colder seasons, but also when additional food is required to nurture offspring throughout the warmer months. The range of products available can be viewed here.
State of The UK’s Birds is produced by a coalition of three non-governmental organisations – the RSPB, BTO and the WWT – and the UK Government’s statutory nature conservation agencies – Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Natural England (NE), Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). To take a look at the in-depth report, please click here.