By Eamon Sweeney
December 5 2017
Climate change threatens to make many of Northern Ireland's rare breeding birds extinct, wildlife experts have warned.
Rising temperatures will result in "significant changes" in the composition and distribution of our bird communities.
The stark finding is contained in a report published today entitled The State of the UK's Birds.
It said many of the UK's species are already being affected by climate change as a result of average summer temperatures increasing by one degree centigrade since the 1980s.
Dr Neil McCulloch, an ornithologist at the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, said: "This year's report summarises the evidence that climate change is having an increasing impact on our bird populations.
"This means we can expect to see significant changes in the composition and distribution of Northern Ireland's bird communities and in their behaviour.