THE SPECIES AT RISK

The river Lambourn, a chalk stream which is a tributary of the Kennet, has virtually run dry in some places, such as near Great Shefford, Berks. If water levels in rivers, lakes, ponds and wetlands continue to fall many species of animal may suffer. The hidden entrances of water vole burrows are exposed when water levels fall.

SCOTLAND

RISK OF DROUGHT Normal risk Moderate risk High risk

Newcastle

Some areas of water may dry up before aquatic insects such as dragonflies are fully formed in which case the insects will perish

Sheffield Great crested newts (above) are a threatened species, and populations have dipped over the years.

ENGLAND

Norwich

Wading birds need moist mud to probe for food with their long bills to extract food to feed themselves and their young.

WALES

Bristol

London

Wetland bird such as lapwings (left), redshanks and avocets rely on shallow pools and boggy marshes. Graphic by Neil Bulpitt

March is the spawning season for our common frog and tadpoles need the water levels to be maintained to survive .

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