Climate change is a topic that we hear more and more about. But how does it relate to biodiversity in the Brecon Beacons National Park? There is now cross-sector consensus that climate change will affect the United Kingdom (UK) significantly during the 21st century. Responding to it is now at the heart of European, UK and Wales policies.
Here in the Brecon Beacons National Park, we will also need to adapt to climate change in the foreseeable future. Our upland areas will be particularly vulnerable, given the extremes of climate experienced here. Our natural environment is also vitally important to the future of farming and tourism in the National Park. There is also widespread acknowledgement of the important role that National Parks can play in helping Wales and the UK to adapt to climate change, for example as vehicles for promoting integrated responses to and assessment of climate change
During 2004, the National Park Ecologist has explored a wide range of information and evidence about climate change. A detailed overview of this information and the predicted and observed effects of climate change on the natural world - the biodiversity - in the Brecon Beacons National Park has now been published in a Climate Change report (PDF document: 239k).
The report explains what climate change is, looks at national policies and comments on some of the issues raised (although these comments do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority).
If you do not have the free Acrobat Reader software installed on your computer, you can download it from Adobe's web site).
A brief report on the future for land management within protected landscapes called Future Parks in Future Climates - Scalable Solutions
UK Climate Impacts programme (UKCIP)website
The UK Phenology website - provides information on the ever-changing calendar of natural events. You can even get involved by monitoring local events to help build up a national picture of whether climate change is affecting nature!!
Nature Detective's Website - a NEW website for 4-18 year olds, teachers and parents - providing phenology information and projects. provides FREE educational materials, activities and games.
BBC Climate Change webpages - includes easy-to-follow information on evidence, impacts, policies and a message board.
Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction & Research - includes lots of information on climate change as well as research documents for you to download.