Breeding rainbow bee-eaters on coast of Norfolk this summer and three rare black winged stilt chicks in Yorkshire is “an unforgettable sign that nature The climate emergency has reached Britain, conservationists say.
Bird watchers flock north-East Norfolk to see European bee-eaters, colorful rare visitors from Africa and southern Europe, after a local ornithologist spotted seven birds near Cromer.
Several bee-eaters have been observed to make holes in their nests. in a small sand pit near the coastal village of Trimingham, giving hope that they will breed successfully.
bee-eaters did not breed in UK between 1956 and 2001, but now this is the sixth nesting attempt. century, with bird nesting in County Durham in 2002 Herefordshire in 2002, Island of White in 2014 Cumbria in 2015 and Nottinghamshire in 2017 when the nests in career failed because of bad weather.
“These seven bee-eaters are by far the most colorful and exciting birds you can see. in UK right now,” said Mark Thomas. of RSPB. “Despite the incredible spectacle, we must not forget that arrival of these birds to our shores is connected with changes to our climate and subsequent loads on wildlife both here and around the world.
“These exotic birds, driven north by climate change, are likely to become regular summer visitors. in in the future being early and unforgettable sign in in past two decades that nature and the climate emergency has reached our shores.”
Starling-sized bee-eaters have red backs, blue bellies and yellow sips, and you can see the feeding on bees, dragonflies and other flying insects they catch in middle air.
In Potterik Carr nature reserve in Doncaster, three black-winged stilts fledged this week from what is thought to be the northernmost nest in Britannia for swamp species, which is rare in this country and not everyone breeds here year.
Andy Dalton, operations manager at the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, said: “It’s been a tense wait, but we’re overjoyed. Potteric Carr – green oasis on fringe of Doncaster Surrounded busy roads and industrial development – conservation work what we do here has a significant impact for wildlife, including rare species like black-winged stilts.
danny heptostan, director of policy and partnerships at the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, warned that nature-wealthy places should be protected and restored on a large enough scale to ensure this view made north on global heating can take refuge in Britannia.
“The only one reason we got black-winged stilts are breeding in Potteric Carr because we have fantastic landscape scale nature reserve of pair of one hundred hectares with ambitions for its further expansion. If we don’t create a habitat for these species in The UK will have nowhere for them to go, ”said Heptinstall.
“It’s positive, exciting and a brilliant endorsement of in work we practiced at Potteric Carr, but this also signaling call. Flip-side what we lose at the same time. In Yorkshire, we look with dismay at our seabird populations, including kittiwakes, fulmars and puffins.”
Of the 25 seabird species breeding in the UK, 24 are red or amber status on birds of taking care of keeping list which means they are in risk of local extinction. sea temperature rise fish stocks move north or disappear, reducing reproduction success of seabirds further south and forcing species to move to where they can find food.
* RSPB and North East Norfolk Bird Club set up a car park and view area in large grassy field off Gimingham Road near Trimingham so that the bee-eaters can be observed and the fans do not interfere with their nesting attempts.