Eight out of 10 animal species in Britain have expanded their range to the north in response to a warmer climate over the past 40 years, scientists said on Thursday.
They include mammals, birds, butterflies, beetles and spiders, said Professor Chris Thomas of York University.
"80% of species are moving in the directions that are predicted for them, in other words moving north, moving up mountains, retreating at their southern boundaries," said the professor.
"This is an incredible percentage of species given all the other things we are doing to our landscapes over the last 25 to 50 years. It's just amazing how strong the signature of climate change is," he said.
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