“False Autumn” because of the heat
Trees fall early in the UK
08/25/2022 03:07 am
Great Britain is in the grip of a particularly hot summer this year. This has an effect on trees: they are already dropping their leaves and thus beginning a “false autumn”. This in turn can have consequences for wildlife.
Brown leaves instead of bright green plants: In the UK, some trees have already dropped their leaves. London’s Horniman Museum wrote on Twitter: “We are experiencing ‘false autumn’ because of the heat.”
Early leaf drop is a sign of stress. Trees try to store moisture. “They release hormones used in the fall to retreat and survive,” said Rosie Walker of the environmental organization Woodland Trust. According to experts, younger trees are more at risk than older plants with deep roots.
Britain is experiencing a particularly hot summer this year. For the first time in July, the temperature reached above 40 degrees. It was the driest month on record in many regions of southern and eastern England. In the middle of the month, the government declared a state of emergency due to drought in large parts of England.
Animals may be short of food for the winter
“False autumn” can also affect some animal species. As the Woodland Trust explained, the fruits ripen earlier, resulting in some animals not getting enough food in autumn.
“The climate crisis is bringing on seasonal weather patterns that are not compatible with nature,” said Steve Hussey of the Devon Wildlife Trust. “Our long, hot summers and ‘false decline’ will affect many species through the months of true fall and beyond.”