To “enhance opportunities for species to disperse” is the third climate change adaptation principle. This principle is relevant for helping montane willow scrub become more resilient in the face of climate change. Montane willow scrub includes several willow species, and is found in some mountainous regions on base-rich soils above and around the natural tree line.
The species are threatened with fragmentation and reduced habitat availability as a result of climate change, and pressure from grazing sheep, deer and mountain hare.
To help these species become more resilient to climate change, a number of management measures to help create healthy, viable populations have been implemented on two of Scotland’s National Nature Reserves:
- Corrie Fee NNR, in the Angus Glens near Kirriemuir, and
- Ben Lawers NNR near Loch Tay in Perth and Kinross.
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