Fascinating but frightening, compelling and concerning … this book brings together all you need to know about how the climate is impacting wildlife.” CHRIS PACKHAM There is no escaping the fact that the British climate is changing, and our wildlife is changing with it. In this remarkable account, Trevor Beebee examines the story so far for our plant, fungi and animal species. Warmer and wetter winters, combined with longer summers, have worked to the advantage of plants such as the rare Lady Orchid, and a whole range of insects. The UK is also hosting new arrivals that come in on the wing. But there is adversity, too. Alpine plants and seabirds – particularly Kittiwakes – are suffering declines as our countryside warms. Given the evidence so far, can we predict what the future holds for our British ecosystems?
1. What’s going on
2. How are plants responding?
3 Invertebrate tales
4 Freshwater and terrestrial vertebrates
5 Fungi, lichens and microbes
6 Freshwater and terrestrial connnnunlties
7 Coastal and marine environments
8 As time goes by
9 What the future may hold
10 Conservation in a warming world
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 (1998) and Amphibians and Reptiles (2000) with Richard Griffiths in the New Naturalist series (volume 87). In 2009 he was awarded Fellowship Honoris Causa by the British Naturalists’ Association.