Confusing year of weather for Britain’s wildlife

Guardian: It was an odd sort of year for weather: effectively two springs and not an awful lot of summer. But it proved an interesting one for Britain's flora and fauna. The National Trust, which produces an annual end-of-year report on how the British weather has affected its creatures and plants, recorded a boom year for creatures ranging from the grey seal to the large blue butterfly. A warm spring meant creatures such as mining bees, which nest in the ground, and their parasite, the bee fly, thrived......

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