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

Author
Hickling Rachael
Roy D. B.
Hill Jane K.
Fox Richard
Thomas Chris D.
Keywords
Abstract

<p>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.</p>

Year of Publication
2006
Journal
Global Change Biology
Volume
12
Issue
3
Number of Pages
450-455
Date Published
2006
ISBN Number
1365-2486
DOI
10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01116.x