Saturday, 8 November 2014

Ladybird spider, water vole and marsh fritillary butterfly numbers increase in mild weather

Some of Britain’s most endangered animals and plants have seen their numbers increase because of the mild weather in Britain this year, a new report has shown.

E. cinnaberinus 2.jpgA survey of RSPB nature reserves has discovered that some species have been boosted by the clement conditions and their numbers are steadily recovering.

The rare ladybird spider; the water vole; the rare orchid Irish lady’s tresses, and the marsh fritillary butterfly have all had good years.

Martin Harper, RSPB Conservation Director said: “Last year’s State of Nature report showed that 60 per cent of UK species are declining.

“This year some have done well, largely because of a combination of good weather and the right management of a network of protected areas, such as our nature reserves. These can help wildlife flourish even if the intervening countryside is inhospitable.

“Climate change is already having an impact on wildlife and this affects decisions on our reserves.

“It also intensifies the call for more, bigger and better connected protected areas. Our best sites must be protected and budgets to support wildlife-friendly farming must be bolstered.”

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