Wildlife hit by harsh winter claim experts

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Sheffield Woodland Trust claims wildlife is struggling after the harsh winter – and there is not a single bluebell in sight.

Just three ladybirds and three peacock butterflies have been seen in South Yorkshire, while not a single bluebell has been reported yet this spring.

The trust is asking Sheffield residents to visit local woodlands, then log on to www.naturesclanedar.org.uk and report what they’ve seen.

Dr Kate Lewthwaite, from the trust, said: “Our trees, plants and wildlife are great indicators of wider change in the natural world.

“By recording sightings, everyone can contribute to the UK’s largest survey to assess the impact weather and climate change is having.”