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Watch Out For Wildlife In Hot Weather

Tadnoll Winfrith Nature Reserve

8:32am 20th July 2013

Dorset wildlife is under observation with temperatures hitting record highs in Dorset.

Britain is still baking hot in its first prolonged heatwave for 7 years and a MET Office heatwave warning is still in place for Dorset.

Temperatures around Dorchester, Weymouth and Bridport have been hitting up to hit 28 degrees.

But it's not just humans who're feeling the heat, Dorset is home to loads of rare wildlife and nature reserves are on the lookout for any animals or birds in distress.

Luke Phillips from Weymouth's RSPB says wildlife is mostly well adapted to the hot weather, but they're still keeping an eye out:

"We're always out looking at what's going on, how many birds and butterflies are on our reserves. Visitors also come back and tell us what they've seen and that information is vital so we know how the wildlife is doing."

"Birds seem to do well and they're lots of babies which is quite a contrast to last year when Weymouth was virtually underwater die to the torrential rain and flooding."

"You can help animals and other wildlife too though. If you have a birdbath in your garden, fill it up, the birds will definitely take advantage of that and it helps them stay fresh. You could even overturn a dustbin lid and fill it with water! Water is vital and our wildlife really needs it to survive in the heat".

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