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Drivers of long term biodiversity change in a range of Scottish habitats

Project led by The James Hutton Institute, UK

Env History P3 report front pageObjectives:

  • To document long term vegetation changes across a range of major UK habitat types  by revisiting plots first recorded in the 1950s-1970s across Scotland and examine potential drivers of these changes, both temporally and spatially.
  • To analyse and compare the findings with similar work in these habitats across Europe through ALTER-Net partners.

 

Habitat types:

  • Alpine
  • Forest
  • Heathland
  • Wetland
  • Grassland

 

Drivers:

  • Climate
  • Pollution
  • Land use (primarily changes in grazing by both wild and domestic herbivores)

– all have national datasets covering about the same time period.

 

Key questions:

  • What are the main apparent drivers of change in these important habitats and how have they changed through time?
  • How do the UK findings compare with similar work across Europe and what can we learn from this?

 

Outputs