However a midge expert said that this was likely to be due to local weather conditions each year rather than a general shift of the insects south as a result of climate change. The BBC reported that Dr Alison Blackwell, from Edinburgh University, said that midge levels down south and in Northern Ireland were unlikely to reach the levels found in parts of Scotland.
“Midges need large areas of suitable habitat to reach the kind of numbers we see in the west coast of Scotland, where you get vast peat bogs and similar habitat,” she said. “There’s nowhere in England which would match that.”
Anecdotal reports from Walkhighlands users indicate that midges might have become less of a irritant over the last few years, although strangely some people have been reporting large numbers of clegs which might not have the annoyance factor that midges bring but their bite is much worse.