How can counting flowers show the effects of climate change?
Trends in the numbers of flowers blooming show how the climate is changing and is affecting the natural world. Find out more with South West National Trust Natural Environment Expert, Alex Raeder.
What climate change trends are we seeing?
" The seasons are becoming less distinct and more jumbled. Plants don’t know what season they are in and are ‘fooled’ into thinking spring is on the way. "
How might climate change affect houses and gardens?
- More drought tolerant species in the south east of the UK
- More citrus and sub-tropical species in our gardens
- That great British institution, the lawn, maybe under long term thereat from drier summers and wetter winters
In the wider countryside we may see some of our cherished and characteristic species and habitats move north or higher in altitude, or be lost from the UK forever. Some of these maybe less welcome than others as warmer and wetter conditions make it easier for some diseases and pests to spread.
How does counting flowers show climate change?
What might happen if climate change continues to accelerate?
" Will you help the UK face the greatest threat of the 21st Century? "
What can you do to help?
- In your garden plant for the future using trees, shrubs and flowers that are drought tolerant
- Conserve water
- Create ponds friendly for wildlife
- Do what you can to reduce your carbon footprint, including:
- Reduce energy consumption
- Promote a wildlife friendly countryside that is more resilient to change