The National Trust reported on the significant impact of the recent extreme heat including bats in disaster, heather struggling to the flower and historical water features drying up.
In Wallington in Northumberland, the bats were found disoriented and dehydrated in daylight on the hottest days of this summer, and in Cambridgeshire, the waterwheel powering the mill had to stop turning due to the low level of the river.
The charity said record-failure conditions should be “tipping point” for action on emissions as preparation for long-term hot and dry weather selection of drought-resistant plants, increase in tree cover and creating wetlands.
“It affects everything we do and we see a trend forward”Keith Jones said national climate change advisor for confidence.
” one it really made me stop and think the bats had dropped on to the ground in in heat and the rangers collected them up off in floor. These are the smallest pieces. of puzzles like bats that seem to suffer the most.
“This should be a tipping point where we make a decisive transition from words to deeds.”
in the east of England where the temperature hit 40C (104F) last month, 60-70% of heather plants on a sparse low-lying moorland of dunwich heat in Suffolk struggling blossom.
On Dartmoor in south west England, some tree lichens, liverworts and mosses which usually thrive in humid atmosphere of Lidford Gorge, place of globally important temperate rainforests are shrinking due to lack of of humidity.
Elsewhere streams and water features in some historic gardens have dried up up during the July heat wave, while several forest fires broke out out on trust land in recent weeks, including one in Devon, who took two months to fully extinguish.
“We are moving very quickly towards a fairly bad futureJones said. “We’re trying to make things more stable. But resilience can only get you so far, we will have to adapt further, because at the moment we are not sure where is the end point on changing of the climate.”
The Trust implements strategies to help protect landscapes and buildings from heat, for example new drought-tolerant garden at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk, which is only required watering once this summer, and additional shading and ventilation for historical Buildings.
this is also introduction 20m new trees by 2030 and restoring landscapes to wetter. To Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk Quadrupleyear project restores 19th century formal garden to better manage with hot weather.
In houses senior gardener Dea Fisher said: “In some places the soil like beach sand and needs constant mulching and attention to ensure it can nourish plants. It is so dry here that some of the plants that once grew here will no longer grow.
“We are unlikely to see this return, so we need prepare and learn to garden in a different way. We are looking for plants that can tolerate drought, but also sometimes wet and grouping plants with similar moisture requirements.