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Adapting to a changing climate

Farmers have always worked with the weather, but our changing climate adds another layer of complexity to deal with. Forestry machinery clearing some of the fallen trees in the aftermath of Storm Arwen

Since Storm Arwen swept in in November, taking out approximately one million cubic metres of timber, at time of writing, its been followed by Storms Barra, Malik and Corrie, further compounding the damage to buildings, forests, power and telecoms infrastructure, travel disruption, and also, sadly, loss of life.

Generic guidance messages such as conducting tree safety surveys to identify and prune/remove problem trees prior to storms occurring, still hold, and could reduce the risk of future damage.  However, with climate change projections suggesting an increase in ‘extreme weather event intensity’, alongside milder and wetter winters and hotter and drier summers, it might pay to consider if there are targeted actions we can all take to be better prepared, whatever the weather throws at us.

There is more information and ideas on our Adaptation to Climate Change pages.  If you have made changes based on extreme weather events and would be happy to tell other farmers and land managers what you did and how you did it, we would love to hear from you.  Scotland’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) webpages at have more information around the impact of Storm Arwen on our woodlands and links to Scottish Forestry guidance.



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