Assessing the adaptive capacity of Agri-Environment Schemes to respond to the impacts of climate change

Defra is funding this project to improve our understanding of the ability of current Agri-environment schemes (AES) to respond to climate change.  Climate change and the associated changes in weather are impacting upon agriculture and forestry.  We know that bud burst and bird nesting are now two or three weeks earlier than they were 20 or 30 years ago due to overall warming. But as well as gradual change in mean temperatures, the Met Office is recording more extreme weather events (i.e. heatwaves, cold spells, drought, flooding, storms) which impacts natural and managed environments. AES provide support for farmers and