Birds fly north in ‘climate-change vanguard’

Birds have been moving north in Europe in the past 25 years due to climate change, Reuters reported UK scientists as saying.

A study of 42 rare bird species showed that southern European species, such as the Dartford warbler, had become more common in Britain from 1980 to 2004.

"The species are almost certainly responding to the changing climate," co-author Brian Huntley, from the UK’s Durham University, told

Birds and butterflies are the first species to adapt to climate change, the report said, because they can fly long distances to seek
cooler temperatures. Scientists said they represent the vanguard of likely huge shifts in a ranges of plants and animals.

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