Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wildlife Needed to Protect Birds, Say Scientists

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wildlife Needed to Protect Birds, Say Scientists

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ENSURING that wildlife conservation areas are protected will be vital in helping to save bird species affected by climate change, according to North East scientists.

The research team - led by Durham University - looked at the effects of climate change on 815 bird species of conservation concern in sub-Saharan Africa and on the network of sites designated as Important Bird Areas (IBAs).

The team is now repeating the investigation to cover Europe and the UK..

The research - funded by the RSPB - demonstrates that a network of wildlife areas will be a crucial tool to help birds and other creatures survive future climate change.

The findings suggest an urgent need for legislators to protect eco-systems and key wildlife areas in Africa.

They also underline the importance of providing green corridors to help wildlife move to new climatically-suitable areas.

Team leaders are Dr Stephen Willis and Dr David Hole from the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Durham University. …

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