British Birds in Danger
Britain’s birds are in danger after cases of avian malaria are on the rise in the country. Sparrows, chaffinches, owls and nightingales are all amongst the well-known and well-loved species being killed off by the disease. Grahame Madge RSPB has said: ‘Malaria is circulating at low levels in the UK.
‘It is not always fatal as many birds have resistance to it, but if we get new strains and new types of mosquitoes it poses an increasing hazard to an already declining population. Climate change is bringing warmer weather conditions that are likely to favour the colonization of some insects to our shores that cannot survive at the moment, and that could bring an upsurge in disease.’