Drought threatens Wildlife20/03/2012
Drought threatens Wildlife
The drought affecting south and east England is a threat to many species of wildlife, the Environment Agency has warned.
At risk are tadpoles of frogs, toads and newts, wading birds such as snipe, curlew and lapwings, as well as voles and fish.
The agency is monitoring rivers more closely and increasing supplies of water aeration and fish rescue equipment to try and prevent fish deaths in shrinking rivers.
Alistair Driver, Environment Agency national conservation manager, said: "The amount of water that we use at home and in our businesses has a direct effect on the amount of water available in our rivers and for wildlife.
"We would urge all water users – including consumers, businesses and farmers – to use water wisely to help protect our valuable natural environment.
Helen Perkins, of the Wildlife Trusts, said: "We urgently need to change the way we use water at home and across businesses. Saving water now could save wildlife from an absolute disaster."
Edited from Telegraph Online