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Climate change, habitat loss and biodiversity
21 June, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm£15
The global climate is changing and many species are responding by shifting their distributions to track climate changes. Thus species are expanding northwards as new areas become suitable, but disappearing from other locations that become too hot and dry.
The fascination of the general public for recording animals and plants in Britain has provided a wealth of detailed information that we can exploit. This information helps us to understand the variety of species’ responses, and to explore factors responsible for this variation.
In this talk, Jane Hill will describe recent patterns of climate-driven range changes among species, focusing particularly on British butterflies and moths for which we have especially good historical information. She will explain how this knowledge is being used to inform conservation, for example improving habitat connectivity to help species reach new areas, and habitat management to prevent climate-driven extinctions, thereby helping to reduce biodiversity losses.