A new report, printed by BTO throughout COP26, highlights how local weather change is already impacting the UK’s birds.
The work, led by BTO’s Director of Science Dr James Pearce-Higgins, reveals how our internationally vital breeding seabird populations and distinctive assemblage of upland breeding birds are already negatively affected, and seem most susceptible to future change. Total, 1 / 4 of our breeding species seem like negatively affected, and 1 / 4 could also be responding positively; the remaining breeding species which have been studied seem comparatively unaffected by local weather change. There are, nonetheless, important gaps in our data for different species, notably our wintering hen populations.
Importantly, the report additionally examines the potential impacts of local weather change mitigation measures, corresponding to growing the numbers of wind farms or planting 1000’s of timber to seize carbon. This part of the report highlights the vulnerability of species that occupy open upland habitats, which can be occupied by new woodland, and a few seabirds, corresponding to Kittiwake, susceptible to wind generators.
The report makes use of knowledge from BTO’s long-term monitoring schemes, along with peer-reviewed publications, to evaluate UK birds and their responses to each a altering local weather and our makes an attempt to mitigate its results.