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Proof of global warming in the West this winter?

The red admiral was caught on camera in Dorset on 7 December Credit: Jenny Mac

Now here's some proof that the recent mild weather is having an effect on wildlife in the west country.

This photo of a red admiral was taken by a viewer in Sherborne in Dorset on 7 December. It may or may not be a sign of global warming but butterflies certainly seem to be responding to an increase in temperatures. Apparently, several species can regularly be spotted on sunny days in December.

Daffodils in full bloom in Witcombe in Gloucester Credit: Carol Wager

And while we're about it, check out these daffs - spotted by a viewer in full bloom by the road in Witcombe in Gloucester yesterday, 15 December. Carol Wager wonders if they are the first daffodils of 'next' year.

It makes you wonder what we'll see next...

Could this butterfly be proof of global warming?

The red admiral was caught on camera in Dorset on 7 December Credit: Jenny Mac

Now here's some proof that the recent mild weather is having an effect on wildlife in the west country.

This photo of a red admiral was taken by a viewer in Sherborne in Dorset on 7 December. It may or may not be a sign of global warming but butterflies certainly seem to be responding to an increase in temperatures. Apparently, several species can regularly be spotted on sunny days in December.

Another woman bishop for the West Country

Karen Gorham will be consecrated as Bishop of Sherborne on 24 February 2016 Credit: Diocese of Salisbury

The 36th Bishop of Sherborne is to be the current Archdeacon of Buckingham, Karen Gorham.

She started serving God early - helping sharpen pencils in Sunday School - and worked as an administrator before going on to train for the ministry at Trinity College Bristol.

Ven Gorham will be consecrated at Salisbury Cathedral on 24 February, 2016, and will have responsibility for the parishes in Dorset.

I am also keen to get to know those who live in the conurbations, seaside towns, highways and byways of Dorset who might be seeking and searching, in need of support or help, to see where we as Christians can make connections, to ensure that God’s love, hope and grace is shared abundantly.

In the wider diocese I will have responsibility for lay ministry and chaplains, two areas vital to the Church’s ministry in the 21st century, and I also look forward to seeing how that work can continue to thrive through support, encouragement and training.

– Karen Gorham
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