National Trust warns of the dangers of extreme weather in Britain, where thousands are decimated by devastation.

  • Annual review of the National Trust has revealed Storm Arwen’s impacts.  
  • This charity warned that extreme weather could become more common and severe.   
  • But this year’s wildlife winners include beavers released on the Holnicote Estate 
  • A record number of grey seals is expected because of the abundance and quality crabs and fish

According to the National Trust, wildfires, storms arwen, and other extreme weather events put the natural world in danger at the close of this year.

Climate change is making heatwaves and heavy rainfall more common in Britain.

According to the charity, the annual review reveals that Storm Arwen caused significant damage in Conwy’s Bodnant Garden and Lake District. The storm decimated thousands of trees and plants, as well as 250-year-old oaks, beeches and 170-foot redwoods.

The charity's annual review highlights the damage from Storm Arwen, which last month destroyed thousands of irreplaceable trees

Annual review by the charity highlights damage caused by Storm Arwen last month, which decimated thousands of trees. 

Unseasonably warm winters have prevented the death of the fungi that decimate Britain’s Ash Trees from occurring.

The National Trust expects to spend £3million in the coming months to tackle ash dieback, which could wipe out around 95 per cent of British trees – drastically changing the face of our countryside.

The wildlife winner of 2021 is however beavers from the Holnicote Estate on Exmoor in West Somerset. This first kit, named Rashford in honor England’s footballer Marcus Rashford was born in June.

Desastres can cost billions 

Natural disasters caused by climate change racked up ‘eye-watering’ costs around the globe in 2021.

Hurricane Ida, which devastated the US in August, cost £49billion.

July’s catastrophic floods which swept across parts of Europe, killing more than 150 people, racked up £33billion of damage.

Asia suffered four of the ten most expensive disasters, with floods and cyclones causing damage totalling £18billion.

According to Christian Aid’s report, a warming planet is causing more severe rainstorms. This makes flooding, Indian Ocean Cyclones, and Pacific typhoons more extreme.

A lesion on an infected Ash tree. The National Trust expects to spend £3million in the coming months to tackle ash dieback

Lesion infected Ash tree. The National Trust expects to spend £3million in the coming months to tackle ash dieback

Due to the abundance of fish and crabs available to them, grey seals will be in record numbers. This was an excellent year for hawthorn, rowan, and holly berries. It is also good news for the birds of migration that consume them like redwings, fieldfares and blackbirds.

Ben McCarthy, National Trust head for conservation and restoration ecology, commented on the troubling events facing nature in this year’s calendar: “The climate crisis makes extreme weather events the new norm.”

“Heatwaves are increasing in frequency and intensity, as is heavy rain.

Wildlife winners of 2021 include beavers released on the Holnicote Estate in Exmoor, West Somerset (pictured) whose first kit was born in June

Beavers from Exmoor in West Somerset were the wildlife winners in 2021 (pictured), and their first kit was born on June 23rd, 2016.

“These extreme conditions are placing even greater pressure on Britain’s wildlife. There is nearly 50% of UK species currently in decline and 15% under threat.

200 hectares were lost to a huge fire that erupted in Northern Ireland’s Mourne Mountains during April.

Fires at Marsden Moor in Yorkshire caused havoc to peat soil thousands of year old, affecting stoats as well as curlews, weasels, and short-eared Owls.

This large, blue butterfly was endangered by the warm and dry spring. It lays her eggs on large thyme plants that wither in drought conditions.

Record numbers of grey seals, pictured, are expected, thanks to plentiful fish and crabs for them to eat

Due to the abundance of fish and crabs available to them, grey seals are expected to reach record numbers.

As rain fell and gales caused poor nesting conditions for many birds, the movement of house martins and swallows along Sandilands coast nature reserve in Lincolnshire was impeded by northerly winds.

However, the orchids thrived after a extremely dry April and an exceptionally hot June.

Slugs and snails also enjoyed the cooler temperatures, which brought hundreds to Ham House, west London. They plagued National Trust gardeners.