As planet saviors, we must start paying attention to environmental changes that have been pushing wildlife to the edge. In Britain, warmer winters and erratic weather conditions are confusing the wildlife population. This warning came from the Woodland Trust, and we have to pay close attention to protect our wildlife. According to the Trust, “lost” winters are causing species like butterflies and blackbirds to nest earlier than normal.
The result from an analysis of 50 spring events showed that all but one came earlier than expected in 2019. Nature Calendar released the data and has asked the general public to record the signs of changing seasons. The Woodland Trust is in charge of the calendar and had warned that many wildlife species are losing their seasonal cues. They linked the aberration to warm winters and the lack of clear distinction between seasons. Our actions as planet saviors will be judged by how well we work to protect these endangered species.
Over the last decade, there has been an exponential increase in global temperatures. As humans and planet saviors, it is our duty to ensure the safety of these wildlife species. The latest data has shown that seasonal shifts have led some birds to start breeding too late, which means that these birds were unable to make the most of vital food sources.
According to Lorienne Whittle, who is a Calendar citizen science officer at the Woodland Trust, Britain almost lost winter as a season. Ms. Whittle said it was much milder, and the available data shows wildlife is responding in a way that potentially puts many at risk. She said their records showed random events such as frogspawn arriving far earlier than expected. Whittle said these frogspawn risks been wiped out should a late cold snap occur.
She also pointed out that some wildlife species and plants adjusted well to the blurring seasons. Some of the species were able to adapt to the changing conditions better than others. The caterpillars are adjusting well while the Oak trees are responding by producing their first leaves earlier. The story is quite different for the blue tits, great tits, and pied flycatchers. They are all struggling to react in time for their chicks to take advantage of the availability of caterpillars, which is their major source of food.
The Trust recorded two surprising reports of peacock butterflies on the wing in Kent and Cornwall in December. Also, there was a red admiral spotted in the Channel Islands. These butterflies were believed to have been woken early as a result of the mild weather witnessed in the South of England.
In other parts of the country, current news has recorded Cheshire in December while a blackbird was also spotted building its nest at the beginning of January. It came as a big surprise because the breeding season for blackbirds usually begins in March and lasts until July.
We need to start acting as the planet saviors to ensure that our environment is conducive to support diverse wildlife species. With such positive actions towards our environment, we can be able to ensure the survival and sustenance of these wildlife species.