Wading Birds Feel the Heat
According to the RSPB, the dry weather experienced by much of Great Britain this spring is putting increased pressure on the survival of wading birds and their chicks in the coastal wetlands of the country. The RSPB says that the dry weather is set to continue through June, raising fears that lapwing, redshank chicks and other wading birds will struggle to cope with the drought.
Wading birds typically feed on insects found alongside pools of water in coastal marshes, but as these pools dry up in the drought, the insects – and therefore their source of nutrition – are becoming scarcer and scarcer. As a result they are having to go further afield to find sustenance – a risk that puts the chicks especially in great danger. The RSPB’s water policy officer, Phil Burston, says that conditions outside managed areas such as wildlife reserves are even worse. “The wildlife that relies on healthy rivers, ponds and lakes is struggling.”