As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday 22 December 2017

Rare breeding birds in Northern Ireland face being wiped out by climate change: report

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.

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