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

TitleThe distributions of a wide range of taxonomic groups are expanding polewards
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsHickling, R, Roy, DB, Hill, JK, Fox, R, Thomas, CD
JournalGlobal Change Biology
Volume12
Issue3
Pagination450-455
Date Published2006
ISBN Number1365-2486
Keywordsclimate change, distributions, range shifts
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.

DOI10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01116.x