The drought in parts of England could have a serious impact on wildlife, the Environment Agency has warned. Conservation groups are worried that some wetlands, ponds and streams may dry out if there is not enough rain soon to make up for two dry winters. Amphibians, aquatic insects and wading birds could be among those affected.

The agency said it would help groups that manage important wetland sites by being more flexible with the rules about taking water from rivers.

The latest assessment from the Environment Agency is that river flows have continued to fall at almost all of the key sites it monitors for drought, with 15 now classed as exceptionally low. It said some parts of England had seen the driest 18 months since records began and warned that could have a serious impact on wildlife.

Drying streams and ponds will leave the young of amphibians, including frogs and newts, at risk - and prevent dragonflies and other aquatic insects from hatching. Wading birds such lapwings and curlews could struggle to raise their chicks.                               –BBC