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Climate Change and British Wildlife

A thoroughly researched and timely account of climate change in the British Isles. Essential reading for all ecologists, conservationists and naturalists.

Series: British Wildlife Collection Volume: 6

By: Trevor JC Beebee(Author)

368 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour tables

Bloomsbury Publishing

Hardback | Oct 2018 | #240243 | ISBN-13: 9781472943200
Availability: In stock
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There is no escaping the fact that the British climate is changing, and our wildlife is changing with it. Warmer and wetter winters, combined with longer summers, have worked to the advantage of some plants such as the rare Lady Orchid and a whole range of insects including butterflies, crickets and dragonflies. Many are moving their range edges northwards, while spring flowers and butterflies are appearing earlier year on year. Britain is also hosting new arrivals that come in on the wing, especially dragonflies and damselflies. But it isn't all good news. Alpine plants and seabirds – particularly Kittiwakes – are suffering declines as our climate warms.

Britain has the longest history of wildlife recording anywhere in the world and we are in pole position for studying how climate has influenced our flora and fauna over at least decades and, in some cases, centuries. In this latest volume in the British Wildlife Collection, Trevor Beebee examines the story so far for our species and their ecosystems, and considers how they may respond in the future. For conservationists, coping with habitat loss and the associated species declines has proved challenging enough in the past; now we must also consider ways to tackle the additional pressures that come with climate change.

''Fascinating but frightening, compelling and concerning [...] this book brings together all you need to know about how the climate is impacting wildlife."
– Chris Packham


Preface   6

1. What's going on   10
2. How are plants responding?   38
3 Invertebrate tales   74
4 Freshwater and terrestrial vertebrates   118
5 Fungi, lichens and microbes   162
6 Freshwater and terrestrial connnnunlties   180
7 Coastal and marine environments   214
8 As time goes by   244
9 What the future may hold   266
10 Conservation in a warming world   306

References   338
Abbreviations   344
Species names   345
Credits   352
Index   354

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Trevor Beebee is emeritus professor of Evolution, Behaviour and Environment at the University of Sussex and a trustee of the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. He has worked on the ecology and genetics of British amphibian populations for more than 40 years, and has published more than 200 scientific papers and articles on those subjects. His previous books include Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians and Amphibians and Reptiles with Richard Griffiths in the New Naturalist series. In 2009 he was awarded Fellowship Honoris Causa by the British Naturalists' Association.

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