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The distributions of a wide range of taxonomic groups are expanding polewards

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JournalGlobal Change Biology
DatePublished - Mar 2006
Issue number3
Volume12
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)450-455
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Evidence is accumulating of shifts in species' distributions during recent climate warming. However, most of this information comes predominantly from studies of a relatively small selection of taxa (i.e., plants, birds and butterflies), which may not be representative of biodiversity as a whole. Using data from less well-studied groups, we show that a wide variety of vertebrate and invertebrate species have moved northwards and uphill in Britain over approximately 25 years, mirroring, and in some cases exceeding, the responses of better-known groups.

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  • climate change, distributions, range shifts, CLIMATE-CHANGE, BRITISH BUTTERFLIES, RESPONSES, SHIFTS, MARGIN, PLANTS, BIRDS

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