Insects won’t be protected from climate change by woodlands—new report
A new study suggests that insects won’t be prorected from climate change by woodlands.
Scientists analysed 50 years worth of data as part of their research.
It had been thought forests might offer some protection for species against rising temperatures.
James Bell, from Rothamsted Research institute, said:
“There was already good evidence that spring is coming earlier each year, but what we didn’t expect to find was that it was advancing as much in forests as it is in open areas such as grassland.
“Equally, in areas where we’d expect to see much greater acceleration, such as urban parkland, the rates of advance appear to be the same.
“This all points to a complex picture emerging under climate change, which makes ecosystem responses hard to predict, and even harder for conservationists to prepare for.
“The work is important because it shows us that we cannot rely on habitat to slow down climate change impacts, even in woodlands and forests where the conditions are more stable, and which were expected to buffer against adverse changes,”
The research looked at birds and insects in the UK and found that spring is getting earlier.