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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 19, 2013

Largest UK/Irish Lake Has Lost 3/4 Overwintering Birds

ScienceDaily report that Lough Neagh, the largest lake in Britain and Ireland, has lost more than three-quarters of its overwintering water birds. The number of diving ducks has decreased from 100,000 to less than 21,000 over the last decade. Changes in the lake’s ecosystem have led to a large decline in the numbers of insects and snails living at the bottom of the lake that are a food source for the birds. Climate Change is also a contributing cause of the population decrease. Read more at ScienceDaily¬† Largest lake in Britain and Ireland has lost three quarters of winter water birds.

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