The distribution of lichens and bryophytes in Britain is strongly controlled by key variables such as rainfall and temperature. Geographical differences in these variables create species groups within the flora associated with several different climatic zones, for example temperate, boreal, oceanic and some that are at the very edge of their range in Scotland - notably arctic-alpine species. Climate change has the potential to alter the distribution of these species groups, with northernmontane groups particularly under threat from loss of climate space (Ellis et al, 2007).
Are these species a lost cause in a warming world, or is there something we can do?
Case study - Considering Translocation: learning lessons from lichens at Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve
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