Biodiversity report card published
Climate change report card shows species are moving north as a result of a changing climate.
As temperatures are rising new species have been found in Scotland.
A group of 40 experts from 20 research and conservation organisations have joined forces to produce a report card on the impacts climate change are having on biodiversity in the UK. The report card deals with all kinds of flora and fauna in the UK.
One of the examples in the card is that of the bee orchid, first discovered in the grounds of a nuclear power station in Dumfriesshire in 2010. It is now spreading to other parts of Scotland and was found in Edinburgh in 2011.
Understanding the effects climate change is having on biodiversity now is important both for taking action to tackle the causes of climate change and to know how we can best adapt to the changes and build resilience.
The Report Card is published by the Living With Environmental Change Partnership (LWEC). A range of Scottish organisations and initiatives took part in the working group for the card, including Adaptation Scotland and ClimateXCHange.