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Kelp. A Cry for Help. BBC Wildlife.

Screenshot 2020-03-10 at 13.30.27Consider, for a moment, the great forests of Britain. What springs to mind? The oaks and silver birches, the holly and rowan trees of our royal forests? It might come as a surprise to you, then, that Britain has twice as much forest underwater – in the form of vast kelp beds – as native woodland.

 

Covering an area the size of Wales, these luscious submerged seascapes are to the ocean what woods are to life on land: they offer a home to hundreds of diverse creatures from seahorses to sharks. “They are critical habitats, just like forests are on land, in the amount of wildlife they support” says Daniel Smale, a marine biologist at the University of Plymouth. Yet, this habitat is altering with climate change.

Read the full article in the January 2020 issue of BBC Wildlife.

 

Olive Heffernan

Olive Heffernan is a London-based freelance environment writer. Olive mostly writes about climate change and its impacts, but also writes more broadly on sustainable resource use. Here you can find an archive of her recent articles, link to her Twitter feed and her blog.

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