Evidence that climate is changing, due to human activity, is overwhelming and endorsed by the vast majority of scientific opinion. This changing climate is beginning to have an effect on ecosystems in the South West of England, this effect is expected to increase and accelerate in future.
Enabling biodiversity to adapt to climate change is a key aim of Biodiversity South West, with South West Nature Map being a key tool for this adaptation.
Key principles for adapting to climate change are highlighted in publication "Conserving biodiversity in a changing climate: guidance on building capacity to adapt". These are to:
The following publications provide more information on climate change -
Conserving Biodiversity in a Changing Climate (PDF 1.48mb)
Climate Change - Wildlife and Adaptation (PDF 1.88mb)
England Biodiversity Strategy - Climate Change Adaption Principles (PDF 386kb)
Birds on the Move (PDF 834kb)
More information about climate change can be found on the following websites -
South West Climate Change Impacts Partnership
The Met Office Hadley Centre
The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change
BRANCH (Biodiversity, Spatial Planning, Climate Change)
UK Climate Impacts Programme