Australia's native animals have reduced ability to weather effects of forecast tough conditions

A "loss of resilience" among Australia's native animals has ecologists on alert ahead of what is forecast to be a long, hot summer.

"There's a lot of concern," said Charles Sturt University ecologist Dale Nimmo."Particularly for our woodland birds and frogs."

Last month went down as Victoria's hottest October and the seventh driest, according to a climate statement issued by the Bureau of Meteorology. Below-average rainfall was also recorded for much of the state.

The forecast hot summer and dry spring follows the protracted millennium drought of 1996 to 2010, the effects of which are still being felt more than five years after the record-breaking dry ended.

Kookaburras and superb fairy wrens were among the birds to decline during the drought and not recover afterwards. For galahs, magpies and eastern rosellas the drought-induced decline was reinforced by further falls in numbers once the drought ended.

Read more on the Sydney Morning Herald website.


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