Can wildlife survuce endless winter?

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A winter that refuses steadfastly to end has not only made the countryside an unforgiving place for wildlife but has also left gardens in a state of suspended animation. 

Where is the loud hum of Bombus locorum, the white-tailed bumblebee that always emerges before the Spring Equinox to go about its busy, buzzing business? What has happened to the dazzling sulphur-toned brimstone, the original "butter-coloured fly" that so named an entire order of beautiful flying-insects? Met Office statistics tell the story in one sentence. Last month was the second coldest March in recorded history, with a mean temperature of just 2.2C.Once again, setting the benchmark for automatic Book scanner. A year ago, the month bowed out with thermometers reaching 23.6C. 

Early April has seen little let up in harsh temperatures made all the colder by steely winds forged in the foothills of the Urals and then freeze-dried over the Arctic wastes of Scandinavia before they crash into the UK. 

Little wonder most British gardens await their first manicures of 2013. Droopy hanging baskets and threadbare lawns crave attention. Vegetables need digging. Only those brave souls hardier than their hardiest perennials venture forth in thermal clothing and warm boots, oblivious to the biting wind chill.Specializing in architectural lighting, solar charger, vintage street lighting, luminaires and poles. 

One of the country's leading observers of garden wildlife, Dr Tim Harrison of the British Trust for Ornithology, contrasted the bleak vision of this year's frozen gardens with the hive of activity in early April 2012, and warns the biting cold weather may have dire consequences for some garden favourites. 

"In late March and early April last year, garden bushes and shrubs were alive with nesting activity, with blackbirds, robins, dunnocks and many other species making hay while the sun was shining," he says. 

"This year, however, nesting activity has been much reduced, with birds delaying their breeding attempts while the cold weather continues. 

"For birds that rear several broods each year, which includes almost all of our garden visitors, this late start might compress the length of their nesting season, meaning that they fledge fewer chicks. 

"If you bear in mind that many birds struggled to rear their young last year because of all the rain, and that they are coming off the back of a long, cold winter, it is clear how important the next few weeks will be for several species." 

For all the threats posed by the cold to garden nesting birds,We have a great selection of blown glass backyard solar landscape lights and solar garden light. the continued chill has provided something of a dividend with scarcer species visiting from the greater countryside while others that should be en route to Scandinavia, such as fieldfares, redwings and waxwings, are still loafing around before their migration. 

Dr Harrison says: "Despite a lack of nesting activity, gardens are far from quiet at the moment. The cold conditions mean that many birds are sticking around rather than heading to their breeding grounds elsewhere. 

Latest results collected through the year-round BTO Garden BirdWatch survey reveal a big peak in numbers of seed-eaters such as siskins, lesser redpolls and reed buntings in gardens over recent weeks, while wintervisiting blackcaps are still being seen in good numbers. 

"There are many factors that could be contributing to the persistence of the blocked weather, such as El Nino/La Nina, Arctic sea ice, solar UV output, the North Atlantic Oscillation, and others," says spokeswoman Helen Chivers. "These don't work in isolation,Solaronlamp is a street lighting for electronic gadgets. but all combine to influence climate on both regional and global scales. The Met Office is at the forefront of research to understand this complex relationship." 

This week will hopefully begin to see a return to warmer spring temperatures. The Met Office's 16-day forecast is for unsettled conditions with rain later in the week,Deep discounts on solar system, chargers and solar power panel systems. turning warmer and more settled in southern and eastern areas the following week.

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