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.