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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 33.1 October 2021

Death by one hundred droughts: is climate change already driving biodiversity declines in Britain?

By - Roger Morris, Stuart Ball

The decline of insects has been a popular point of discussion in recent years, and is widely accepted to be the result of numerous factors, including widespread pesticide use, light pollution and urbanisation, to name a few examples. Has climate change, however, been overlooked? With a focus on flies, Roger Morris and Stuart Ball look at how extreme weather events, such as heatwaves and storms, have played a part in reduced insect activity in the UK.

Many older observers of the natural world reflect that insects were much commoner in their youth. Forty years ago, country lanes were often blessed with an abundance of moths by night – ‘snowstorms’ in the car headlights – and a multitude of flies and bees by day

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist