Westcountry valleys could turn into wildlife heavens due to climate change
A recent research has suggested that the Westcountry valley could become havens for wildlife which are driven out of their usual habitats as a result of the rise in temperature, say the researchers at the University of Exeter.
Certain species of flora and fauna which cannot stand high temperatures can survive in areas which are relatively cool like river valleys of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Researcher Dr Andrew Suggitt from the university’s Environment and Sustainability institute said that his study revealed that global warming could result in life threatening heat waves in Britain.
Moreover, the intensity of these heat waves could rise by up to ten times by the end of this century. The report is also authored by professor Peter Cox of the University of Exeter who also found that the result of being exposed to flooding due to uncommonly high levels of rainfall could more than quadruple. Dr. Suggitt said, “When you have warming, species may be able to switch to cooler habitats nearby. It’s obvious if you are a butterfly and mobile. With plants it might be a longer term process. I would imagine that the first thing that comes to people’s minds when you mention Dartmoor will be the stark upland landscapes. But species do well in the East Dartmoor river valleys.”
He also said that the ring ouzel, a passerby in summer, is not found anywhere ign southern Britain and that there is something about the climate change that is making it hanging around in the place. Some unusual plants growing only in the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall because of its microclimate will also be affected. The plants include pygmy rush and the yellow century.
Although the peninsula has been so far only subjected to low level climate changes, it is becoming warmer than usual, impacting flora and fauna there.