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Friday, November 20, 2009

The effects of climate change....?

According to a new study by the Wildlife Trusts Britain is to see some major changes to it's Flora & Fauna.

At present 80% of UK species are Southern and only 20% are Northern. This could mean species traditionally only found in the South could move their ranges north. However warmer and wetter winters mean that species that hibernate like the Dormouse (and the Hedgehog i guess?) could struggle.

Accoring to the Wildlife Trusts if the UK’s wetland habitats are restored and reconnected, birds like the spoonbill and cattle egret may become much more abundant and the likes of bluethroat and little bittern may colonise for the first time.

However we could lose flowers like the Bluebell and warming may mean that species on the edge of their range no longer breed in the UK.

1 comment:

Tricia said...

Unfortunately I tend to agree. Kew Gardens have introduced plants that wouldn't have survived about 20 years ago.

Apart from anything else, to think of a spring without Bluebells though...doesn't bear thinking about.