Reports are here, and it can be said that humans are not the only ones that are suffering from the European summer heat. From hedgehogs to birds to insects, the extreme temperatures and the lack of rain have ultimately taken a toll on the animals of all sizes. The higher rate of evaporation of water has forced some of the animals in the UK to excavate their natural habitat and move here and there to quench their thirst.
The animals rely on vegetation that is drying out eventually and with brown straw replacing the lush grasslands is a matter of concern. The ponds and streams that are traditionally home to some of the mammals have seen a decrease in the water levels and the vegetation dry up.
This has certainly brought tough times for animals living in the wild for the Britain animals specifically such as voles and hedgehogs. These are the animals that make they’re homemade of leaves, and the plants are drying out so are the leaves. The drying of the plants has made these small animals more vulnerable to predators. In Scotland, there are reports that badgers are being killed on the roads as they are trying to move away from their usual areas to the safest and vegetated ones. Worms are the staple food of badgers, but these worms have escaped the dry soil by burrowing deeper than usual.
The wildlife in the northwest of the country has killed ground-nesting birds and small mammals such as field vole, etc. this has meant that the predators like the short-eared owl and kestrel have struggled to look for more food on the moorlands. According to Brian Eversham, the CEO of the wildlife trust in the east of England, the problem with a heat wave that goes on and on is that a lot of the plants, the insects rely on dry up.