Extreme weather 'made 2014 a rollercoaster year for wildlife'

Extreme weather 'made 2014 a rollercoaster year for wildlife'

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The National Trust has presented its round-up of the year for 2014, which has shown that extremes of weather created mixed conditions for Britain's wildlife.

It pointed out a variety of climate-related events that occurred over the past 12 months and linked them to their effects on the populations of animals including birds and insects.

For instance, spring arrived earlier than usual - at the start of March - and this encouraged bumblebees and butterflies to go out foraging for food a few weeks before they would have done otherwise.

Meanwhile, May 2014 was the third warmest on record and this corresponded with the discovery of the earliest ever wild bats being born in Sussex.

However, a wet start to June caused problems for birds that nest in low-lying tidal areas - and the arrival of the tail end of Hurricane Bertha in August brought difficulties for insects and other species.

Indeed, the National Trust pointed out that many of its properties witnessed their greatest tree losses in almost 30 years, a trend that is sure to have been echoed in people's gardens across the country.

Nature and wildlife specialist Matthew Oates commented: "The greatest challenge for wildlife this year, and perhaps a sign of things to come, was the extreme weather. This combined with the loss of habitat may mean that nature is in for a bumpy ride in the years ahead."

Although certain conditions last year may have been good news for some species, they might not have suited others quite so well, which is why Britain's wildlife needs your help.

Take a look at our offers page here at CJ Wildlife, where we have a range of quality products for everything from birds and squirrels to bees and bats, all at great prices.

We also keep plenty of high-energy foods in stock for the birds, just in case we're not quite so lucky with an early spring in 2015 and they need a little extra to sustain them.