The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)
Charity urging action
GROWING evidence that climate change is having a devastating impact on some of Scotland’s iconic species and habitats is supported by a major new report, according to a nature conservation charity.
RSPB Scotland is calling for a redoubling of efforts to tackle the problem, which it says is threatening the country’s unique natural heritage.
Birds such as kittiwakes, dotterels and snow buntings are among the most vulnerable to climate change, according to the charity, while Scotland’s rare machair grassland habitats are at risk.
RSPB Scotland said that coastal habitats and wildlife are already suffering from the rising sea levels, extreme weather and warming oceans highlighted in the latest IPCC report.
It argues governments must take urgent action to cut greenhouse gas emissions and halt the damage caused to wildlife and ecosystems.
From its own research, the charity believes that climate change is behind a steep decline in the number of kittiwakes breeding in Scotland.
Seabird counts on some RSPB sites around Orkney point to an 87% reduction in the number of kittiwakes since 2000.