Appeal to help monitor effect of mild winter

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 January 2016


Members of the public are being asked to help monitor the effect on wildlife of unseasonably warm winter temperatures.

The Devon Wildlife Trust says it has seen unusual activity, including animals which normally hibernate in winter out and about.

Pete Burgess, the trust’s director of development, policy and research, said: “Our wildlife has evolved over millennia to cope with our climate.

“As weather patterns change at an unprecedented pace, we are entering a period of great uncertainty.

“It is unknown how our wildlife will cope with the recent mild weather.

“Everything has been delayed as if we are having an extended autumn. This is unlikely to have a significant, long-term effect, unless it extends throughout the rest of the winter.

“If we have a mild spring followed by a cold snap, that’s when you can have more serious problems.”

The trust is asking members of the public to send in their unusual wildlife sightings via Twitter @DevonWildlife or via Facebook.

The trust says this will help it get a clearer idea of the effect the weather is having.

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