This report aimed to address implications of climate change for the specific example of beech Fagus sylvatica woodland and its associated vegetation assemblages. Results from the MONARCH project indicated probable shifts in the range of beech over the next 50 years towards northwest England and away from the southeast where current conservation efforts are focused. Such predictions may signify the need for future beech conservation beyond its current native range. The discussion highlighted the need for a dynamic attitude and an adaptive approach to nature conservation, but stressed that decisions should be based on scientific research.
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