Contact: Phil Grime


nation of heating cables, automated rain guards and a watering system, this tests our understanding of how future climate change will impact ecosystems of the British Isles.

Climatic variables are manipulated experimentally to evaluate the impact of elevated winter temperatures (ambient temps +3oC November to May), controlled summer drought (no rain July/August) and supplemented summer rainfall (ambient rain +20% July/August).

Temperature and soil moisture are logged continuously, with all plots subjected to simulated sheep grazing in October.

Each block contains three spare plots allowing new experiments to be introduced. These currently include investigations of the impacts of climate on invasibility and transplant experiments examining the effects of soil depth on the fitness of contrasted plant species.

To download a copy of the experimental design click here.