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Exotic birds to colonise Britain

Britain faces an invasion of exotic birds as climate change forces native species further north, scientists have warned.

Source:  Copyright 2009, Telegraph
Date:  March 3, 2009
Byline:  Louise Gray
Original URL: Status ONLINE

A report compiled by a team of scientists from across Europe found birds are already being forced to fly north because of global warming.

With temperatures set to rise even further, they warned that many well loved species in the UK, that are unable to find a new habitat are in danger of dying out completely. Birds under threat include the red grouse, lesser spotted woodpecker and meadow pipit.

At the same time new species from France and central Europe will migrate to the UK, putting native birds under even more strain as they compete for food sources.

Those species expected to come across the channel in the next few decades include the hoopoe and bee eater, colourful birds currently only found in Europe, Africa and parts of Asia.

Grahame Madge of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said the British landscape will look completely different. By the end of the century cliff faces in the south of England that are currently ...

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