British protected areas help wildlife during climate change


This is a Dartford warbler video from Britain.

From Wildlife Extra:

Protected Areas are key hotspots to help wildlife adapt to Climate Change

Protected areas provide habitat for species moving north

January 2013. New research reveals that protected areas are a crucial asset in providing safe havens for wildlife during climate change. The research reveals the vital importance of Protected Areas (PA) to help wildlife survive changes in climate.

Countryside Council for Wales‘s Senior Climate Change Advisor, who worked on the paper, Dr Clive Walmsley said: “Having looked at data for more than 250 species, evidence suggests that existing protected areas will be at least as important in the future, if not more so, in the context of climate change. Further climate warming will result in a greater need for the sites to act as safe havens, helping species move as they head north in search of a cooler climate.”

In previous research, there had been periodic suggestions that protected areas could be less important for biodiversity conservation under a changing climate.

Vital role in providing habitat for species moving northwards

Dr Walmsley explains: “While protected areas, such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, were established originally to protect resident species, they will increasingly play a ‘new’ role as home to species arriving from the south.”

One of the best examples of this northward movement of species is the Dartford warbler. Before the 1990′s, it was confined to sites in southern England but it has now colonised protected areas in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire as well as heathland sites on the Gower.

Dr Walmsley added: “Protecting these ‘wildlife hotspots’, as well as restoring and re-creating connections between them, will provide the vital network we need to enable more species to survive the effects of climate change.”

The research was carried out by the University of York in partnership with the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and the other UK conservation agencies, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and a range of Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

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