Wales Biodiversity Partnership

Climate Change

Our climate is warming and extreme weather events are increasing. Habitats such as wetlands could dry out; our woodlands could support fewer trees and the risk of fire on our grassland and moorland would increase. The effect of species is less easy to predict; some species will gain as the climate warms, for example the little egret and marsh fritillary and lesser horseshoe bat but many will lose out, including black grouse, oblong woodsia - a rare plant favouring cool conditions and visits from winter waders and common scoters could decline.

Conserving biodiversity in a changing climate will encompass a variety of measures ranging from local or site-based adaptive management and on-the-ground environmental enhancements, through to wider-scale spatial planning and connectivity enhancements.