Shift in jet stream brought wettest summer for a century, to detriment of many birds

Weather-wise, 2012 was a strange year. At the start of spring, conservation organisations were predicting that wading birds such as the lapwing would not be able to find enough food for their chicks, because of a lengthy drought.

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