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Dr Phil Smith: Wildlife notes April 2020

Red-headed Cardinal, Wicks Lake (Dr Phil Smith)

Since they began in 2007, these notes have repeatedly described spring droughts but this year’s was a real humdinger! For 40 days, from 18th March to 27th April inclusive, no measureable rain fell in Formby. It was also the sunniest and fifth warmest April on record. Climatologists have shown that these droughts are associated with a warming trend in the Arctic that leads to persistent high-pressure systems over Greenland. These disrupt the North Atlantic Jet Stream, which brings most of our rain. Apart from having serious implications for agriculture and water-supply, largely ignored by politicians and the media, these changes in our climate are having major impacts on wildlife.  

Merseyside BioBank Active Naturalists

 

Merseyside BioBank Active Naturalists are an active group of naturalists, volunteers, wildlife recorders and more that have a passion for wildlife in North Merseyside and recognise the value and importance of 'biological recording' to help conservation and to ensure that the important places for wildlife are recognised and evidenced.

The members have wide ranging interests in wildlife and we share that knowledge and experience within the group to help each other to pursue and expand our interests and make us better biological recorders.

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