Our planet is warming and the impacts are wide and varied. One of the occurrences affected by this change is the migratory patterns of birds. One such example, detailed in a BBC article, documents the changing behaviour of Bewick’s swans in response to this shift.
Traditionally, these majestic waterbirds depart from their frozen Arctic breeding grounds for warmer climes. They arrive in the UK in late autumn and return north again in spring. However, in recent times, the number of swans making this journey has dwindled. From an annual flock of 700, now just a little over 100 make the voyage.
What’s causing this decline? The answer lies in the gradual warming of our planet. As the winters grow warmer, the swans do not feel the need to travel as far as the UK to find comfortable temperatures. Instead, they find regions like Germany and the Netherlands adequate and decide to settle there for the winter.
This is just one example of how climate change is affecting our natural world. But what can we do about it? As proponents of sustainable living, our mission should be to mitigate this impact as much as possible. This could mean adopting practices like composting to decrease waste, growing our own food to reduce reliance on industrial farming, or even DIY projects to repurpose materials instead of discarding them.
It’s indeed an uphill battle, but remember, every small effort counts. So let’s embrace the ethos of self-reliance and sustainable living, for the swans, for ourselves, and for our planet.