Green Fingers I Wish

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Egrets Flock to British Isles

Climate change is causing egrets and other birdsfrom the Continent to come back to Britain.

For the last 10 years or so Britain has suffered massive declines in many garden and farmland birds including the turtle dove and fieldfare.

But due to mild winters and conservation efforts other bird populations have grown, including the little egret and Mediterranean gull that have flown over the Channel.

You never know, even the hoope, fan-tailed warbler and black kite may arrive in the future as temperatures rise further.

The red kite, bittern and sea eagle have been re-introduced in Britain and are doing well.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds compiled the surveys of threatened birds since 2000 to give a snapshot of the winners and losers of the 21st centry so far.

But, it`s the egret which has seen the biggest overall increase in numbers in the past decade.