By Paul Homewood
The Woodland Trust are apparently spreading this fraudulent fake news:
Carpets of bluebells in woodlands are a much-loved sign of spring, but the flowers could struggle as the climate changes, a study suggests.
Researchers analysed hundreds of thousands of ‘citizen science’ records of the changing seasons to help predict the impacts of warming temperatures on 22 species of plants and trees found in the UK countryside.
Spring plants have an optimum time for coming into leaf and flower which gives them the best chance to grow and reproduce, but with rising temperatures caused by global warming that time is likely to shift.
Some plants such as bluebells may not be flexible enough to keep up with the shift in spring, and may suffer as a result, the research suggests.
Bluebells are, according to Wikipedia, a very climate tolerant plant, flourishing all the way up from Spain:
Hyacinthoides non-scripta (formerly Endymion non-scriptus or Scilla non-scripta) is a bulbous perennial plant, found in Atlantic areas from north-western Spain to the British Isles, and also frequently used as a garden plant.
The idea that it is going to die out because of a barely noticeable increase in temperature is the sort of fraudulent junk science commonly propagated by eco -nuts.
One of the claims is that bluebells cannot keep up with the rate of climate change. Yet a quick look at the Met Office’s data for Spring temperatures shows us that there is no such thing as “normal”. Temperatures have fluctuated wildly from year to year since records began. And as anyone who has a garden will know, plants react just as they no doubt have for millennia.
BBC watchers will not be surprised to learn that, according to QV, BBC Breakfast have latched onto this latest news as evidence that we are all going to die!