Climate change leaves birds hungry as chicks hatch too late to eat caterpillars
Warmer springs due to climate change are leaving chicks in UK woodlands hungry, according to new research.
As springs get warmer earlier, caterpillar numbers spike too soon meaning by the time many birds' eggs have hatched later in the season, there is not enough food to go around.
The study adds to mounting evidence that the changing climate is playing havoc with the seasons and causing problems for animals and plants whose actions are calibrated to annual rhythms.
photo credit: Becky Matsubara