Scientists warn of danger to Britain's birds and fish as the ancient timetable of plant and animal life unravelsSpring is sooner recognised by plants than by men, states the Chinese proverb – a point that has been backed by science. Researchers have found that the behaviour of plants and the animals that feed on them shows spring is arriving earlier every year. It also appears that this advance is accelerating, according to Dr Stephen Thackeray of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, in Lancaster."We have measured the date of the arrival of spring according to the behaviour of more than 700 species of British animals and plants – including life forms such as plankton on lakes – and we have found that, on average, spring arrived 11 days earlier in the middle of the past decade than it did in the middle of the 70s," he says. "And the rate...
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