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Light pollution keeps magpies and pigeons awake at night, study finds


City-dwellers need to switch off their garden lights at night-time, according to a new study of magpies and pigeons that reveals the harmful impact artificial light is having on birds’ sleep patterns.

The study by University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, published today in Current Biology, is the first to measure neurological responses to light pollution in wildlife.

“Sleep is important for animals to not only function, but thrive,” University of Melbourne and La Trobe University researcher, Dr Anne Aulsebrook said. MORE

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