Weatherwatch: southern Britain’s spring drought

Guardian: Fine weather across Europe allowed species such as pied flycatchers and swallows (pictured) to return early. This year's spring drought in southern Britain has had a profound influence on the natural world. Butterflies have been out in force, with many species sighted several weeks earlier than usual. They have subsequently thrived as a result of the fine, sunny weather: a welcome revival in their fortunes after a series of poor years. Warm, dry weather is generally good for breeding birds, too.......

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