Natural England have reported that at least 48 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) have been affected and 37 of these are of international importance. Coastal areas are obviously more vulnerable and flooding has extended over 4500 hectares of designated coastal reserves in areas including Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Species that have been affected by this weather include seal pups as initial reports suggest that 170 may have been swept away from colonies on the north Norfolk coast. Otters are also vulnerable to physical damage from these storms and some many seabirds have died through pure exhaustion and inability to access food.
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As is often the case, reverting back to the way nature intended is the only way we are going to survive Nature's next test.