Azara Blog: Great Tits are allegedly adapting to climate change in Britain

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Date published: 2008/05/08

The BBC says:

At least one of Britain's birds appears to be coping well as climate change alters the availability of a key food.

Researchers found that great tits are laying eggs earlier in the spring than they used to, keeping step with the earlier emergence of caterpillars.

Writing in the journal Science, they point out that the same birds in Holland have not managed to adjust.

Understanding why some species in some places are affected more than others by climatic shifts is vital, they say.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) commented that other species are likely to fare much worse than great tits as temperatures rise.

It's obvious that with most environmental change some species will do better and some will do worse, so the RSPB statement is trivial (and one-sided). There will be a long litany of research like this appearing over the next decade, but whether it actually helps with understanding how to adapt to climate change is not obvious.

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