On The Move … Little Egret


This species, the Little Egret, a type of white heron, arrived in West Sussex at Pagham Harbour on the Manhood Peninsula in July 1989. Since then it has become a regular resident. This species is now on the list of British breeding birds and occurs widely across England.

It probably came from France where the bird formed large groups. As the climate is changing the conditions have now become favourable for it to set up home here.

There are many other species, often smaller and more difficult to see, that are being affected by climate change and we’d like to know what is happening to them. In particular, insects, which have short life-spans, are susceptible to changes in climate, and fluctuations in their numbers can be a useful indicator of changes that are taking place.

This leaflet shows you some of the creatures, which are exhibiting changes in their behaviour. Some are migratory and only present for part of the year.  Some stay in Sussex all year round.  However, the pattern of their lives may be changing.  They could be:

  • coming earlier
  • staying longer
  • starting to breed here.

Finding out about these changes can help us understand what may be happening as a result of climate change.

Help with this survey and find out for yourselves!

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