A third miserable summer in parts of the UK could spell disaster for many species of insects, birdlife and mammals, the National Trust warns today.
The charity says three wet summers in a row in many regions could mean that creatures – ranging from craneflies (often called daddy-long-legs) to species of butterflies, members of the tit family, puffins and bats – may struggle to survive in some places.
Matthew Oates, a nature conservation adviser for the trust, said: "After two very poor years in a row we desperately need a good summer in 2009 – otherwise it\’s going to look increasingly grim for a wealth of wildlife in the UK.
"Climate change is not some future prediction of what might happen. It\’s happening now and having a serious impact on our countryside every year."
Well, yes, but as far as I remember it (and please do correct me if I\’m wrong) the prediction is that climate change here in the UK will mean warmer, wetter, winters, not summers. Might this perhaps be the normal seasonal variations being described as climate change then?