Any views expressed within media held on this service are those of the contributors, should not be taken as approved or endorsed by the University, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University in respect of any particular issue.

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Slides of my talk to the Scottish Wildlife Trust on ‘Effect of climate change on Wildlife’ are available here Lecture to Scottish Wildlife Trust

“On behalf of the Lothians Branch Scottish Wildlife Trust I wanted to thank you again for the excellent talk which you delivered to us last night. It was challenging, thought provoking and superbly supported by your selection of slides, and all delivered on the night without reference to any notes! I think it is safe to say that the audience was the largest we have had for as long as I have been involved with the Trust and quite possibly for many years before that.” – Secretary, SWT.


    • Climate change continues to accelerate – despite Rio, Kyoto, Paris.
    • Global land-temperatures have already risen 1.6oC.
    • The environment is changing faster than at any time in recorded history.
    • Mobile generalists (e.g. dragonflies) respond to warmth with minimal climate deficit.
    • Other taxa (e.g. Scots pine) and biome boundaries (e.g. tree-lines) only react slowly.
    • Climate change is already causing desynchronisation and disrupting wildlife behaviour.
    • Higher temperatures are coming:- heatwaves, extreme highs, changed rainfall patterns.
    • By 2100, over land, a 6 to 8oC rise will not be unusual, locally +12oC.
    • Conservationists need to be preparing for a much, much warmer world.

Leave a reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>


Report this page

To report inappropriate content on this page, please use the form below. Upon receiving your report, we will be in touch as per the Take Down Policy of the service.

Please note that personal data collected through this form is used and stored for the purposes of processing this report and communication with you.

If you are unable to report a concern about content via this form please contact the Service Owner.

Please enter an email address you wish to be contacted on. Please describe the unacceptable content in sufficient detail to allow us to locate it, and why you consider it to be unacceptable.
By submitting this report, you accept that it is accurate and that fraudulent or nuisance complaints may result in action by the University.