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Drought: Less impact in the Midlands

Paul Crockett from the Environment Agency explains how a "different type" of drought found in the Midlands will have little impact on the region, compared with the South East.

Water companies have said they don't expect to have to restrict customer use of hose pipes in the Midlands this summer, but they still advise people to use water wisely.

Farmers and wildlife at risk from drought

The Environment Agency has said that agriculture and wildlife could be the main victims of the worsening drought in the UK. Specifically, it warned:

  • Livestock farmers and fruit, vegetable and salad growers in east, central and south-east England may face shortages
  • Plant and wildlife species could be lost in freshwater and wetland sites
  • Higher risk of woodland fires and serious chemical pollution in rivers
  • Boating restrictions on the Oxford and Grand Union Canal
  • Hosepipe bans in the South East and Anglia

ITV West reports that Wessex Water is taking measures to protect wildlife and agriculture.

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'Drought will take toll on endangered birds'

A redshank Credit: Andy Hay/RSPB

The RSPB has warned that some endangered bird species are at risk because of the drought. RSPB spokesman Tony Whitehead said: "Every indicator, whether river flow or groundwater level, is telling us that this is a very serious drought that could be worse than the infamous 1976 event"

He added: "Dry conditions [are] threatening to impact this spring’s breeding season in places such as the Somerset Levels and around the Exe Estuary. These are some of the last remaining homes in our countryside for breeding water birds such as snipe, redshank and lapwing."

A snipe Credit: Andy Hay/RSPB

No hosepipe ban for Wessex Water

Wessex Water has released a statement saying that it is not considering a hopepipe ban but is taking measures to preserve water. The Environment Agency says that an additional 17 counties, including those in the South-West of Britain, are now facing a drought.

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