More than eight million trees lost this winter in the UK – BBC invokes climate change, as usual

Posted: February 16, 2022 by oldbrew in bbcbias, propaganda, trees, weather, wind
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Storm Arwen damage 2021 [image credit: Cwmcafit @ Wikipedia]

You just know that sooner rather than later the BBC will play its climate change (meaning humans in their book) card in an article about any kind of adverse or unusual weather conditions, even if only lasting a day or two, and sure enough…so predictable and tedious. They also conveniently forgot that in the ‘Great Storm’ of 1987 which felled an estimated 15 million trees in England alone, much of the damage was in southern England, northern France and the Channel Islands.
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It is the untold story of the winter storms, says BBC News.

More than eight million trees have been brought down and many are now threatened by another two named storms bearing down on Britain.

Forest managers warn that already “catastrophic” damage will be made worse by Storms Dudley and Eunice.

There are warnings that the heating climate is making our weather more severe and unpredictable, and that management and planting strategies must adapt more quickly.

Forest ranger Richard Tanner says that he’s never seen a real battlefield, but the west shore of Windermere now reminds him of photographs he has seen.

“It looks like someone’s set off a bomb.”

All around are the giant root plates of fallen trees, some the size of caravans, studded with rocks torn from the earth.

“There’s three tonnes of tree and then five or six tonnes of earth maybe. And that’s all got to be dealt with. We’ve lost thousands and thousands of trees just on this one property.”

Mr Tanner has looked after the South Lakes property of the National Trust for a decade, which includes the crested beech at Wray Castle. It was a champion, with the biggest girth in Britain and Ireland. “But Arwen’s 90mph winds were too much.”

We head south to the other end of Windermere, and Great Knott Wood. In November 2021 Storm Arwen knocked down over a third of it in one night, including dozens of ancient oaks and yew trees. It’s still too dangerous to allow the public back in – thousands of trees are weakened and precariously balanced.

“Put it this way, we wouldn’t be here if it was windy,” says Heather Swift. She has cared for this site on behalf of the Woodland Trust for two decades.

“We did have this nice, dappled light and shade, but now all the spring plants that are trying to come up, they’re stuck under this wet, dark blanket of fallen trees.”

Kelvin Archer manages all the Trust’s forests from the Scottish border, down to the Midlands, and across to both coasts.

He says almost a quarter of the charity’s standing woods – hundreds of thousands of trees – have fallen.

“Climate change means that storms normally only seen in north-east Scotland are now hitting Northumberland and right across to Cumbria.”

Full article here.

  1. wyzelli says:

    Was it ‘The Great Storm’ or ‘The Great Wind’? Reminds of that segment from The Vicar of Dibley.

  2. Gamecock says:

    People responsible for the properties aren’t responsible for the properties, because Climate Change!

  3. Roger, Of the trees that are shown to be down* ‘ALL have inadequate root systems’, or, ‘they were rotten’.* This is nature’s way of culling the trees that needed to be removed. After 8 million trees went down, how many in the same areas did not go down, they are the healthier trees that should live longer. This was a blessing, not a disaster! Alex

    On Wed, Feb 16, 2022 at 4:53 PM Tallbloke’s Talkshop wrote:

    > oldbrew posted: ” You just know that sooner rather than later the BBC will > play its climate change (meaning humans in their book) card in an article > about any kind of adverse or unusual weather conditions, even if only > lasting a day or two, and sure enough…so predictab” >

  4. johnd2008 says:

    I knew that area well.There is an old photo which shows a coach and horses by the ferry. The hills above the ferry have little to no trees at all. Leave the place alone and in 10 years time there will be an impenetrable growth of new trees growing away. This is what nature does. I am surprised that the National Trust at management level have even noticed that something happened.( Perhaps it is because the trees were not diverse enough)

  5. “Round up the usual suspects”

  6. Alan Beresford says:

    We need more Wind Turbines? Will that affect the Climate? Well of course they will!

  7. Phoenix44 says:

    Do these people really believe this garbage? That areas like the Lakes never had big storms before?

    If they have trees falling I suspect they are not doing their job properly. Oak trees in particular need a lot of work to ensure they are strong, including pruning and removal of competing trees. And old trees do die and need to go.

  8. Mike Wattam says:

    Do NOT shoot the messenger, would you prefer the other styles of editorial? Seems to be that the BBC is damned if it does, damned if it doesn’t. Energy can be much more effectively expended elsewhere.

    The root cause of all this crap is the sensationalist ‘expurts’ scare stories and it is that which needs to be stamped out through widespread de-bunking. Only then should you need to blame the media in general for continuing to use the still-fashionable phrase ‘Global Warming’ in every wretched sentence.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Great storm of 1703

    Retrospective analysis conjectures that the storm was consistent with a Category 2 hurricane.
    . . .
    The storm was unprecedented in ferocity and duration and was generally reckoned by witnesses to represent the anger of God, in recognition of the “crying sins of this nation”. The government declared 19 January 1704 a day of fasting, saying that it “loudly calls for the deepest and most solemn humiliation of our people”. It remained a frequent topic of moralising in sermons well into the 19th century.
    . . .
    Daniel Defoe produced his full-length book The Storm (July 1704) in response to the calamity, calling it “the tempest that destroyed woods and forests all over England”. He wrote: “No pen could describe it, nor tongue express it, nor thought conceive it unless by one in the extremity of it.”
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    Extreme weather. No BBC in those days to hype it up into something it wasn’t.

  10. Gamecock says:

    I’d be interested in how they did the counting, so I wouldn’t suspect that they just made up the number.

    Climate scientists are very good at making numbers up.

  11. oldbrew says:

    News just in doesn’t fit the claim that “Climate change means that storms normally only seen in north-east Scotland are now hitting Northumberland and right across to Cumbria.”

    Storm Eunice: Rare red weather warning issued for parts of the UK
    BBC News
    Published1 hour ago

    A rare red weather warning – the highest level – has been issued for parts of south-west England and south Wales on Friday, meaning there is a danger to life from flying debris.

    The Met Office warned Storm Eunice could bring gusts of up to 90mph, causing significant disruption.

    Damage to homes, train cancellations and power cuts are also likely, it said.

    The red warning is in place from 07:00 GMT until 12:00 on Friday.

    It covers the coastline of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, as well as the south coast of Wales.
    . . .
    All train services in Wales have been suspended on Friday

  12. oldbrew says:

    More science-free climate waffle from the BBC. Why do they bother with this worthless flim-flam?

  13. oldbrew says:

    The UK’s second storm in a week, Storm Eunice, is making landfall, with gusts of up to 90mph forecast

    Forecasters say Eunice could be one of the worst UK storms in three decades
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    It will have to go some to be worse than the great storm of 1987.

    Update 1220 pm: getting rough in the south…

    Storm Eunice: 122mph gust recorded on Isle of Wight in new provisional record for England as high winds wreak havoc across UK

  14. oldbrew says:

    Ross Clark: Storm Eunice has nothing to do with climate change
    18 February 2022


    Over the northern hemisphere there is high agreement among reanalyses that the number of cyclones with low central pressures (less than 970 hPa) has decreased in summer and winter during the period 1979-2010.”

    It cites a study that found that the number of storms over the Arctic and North Atlantic with a central pressure of less than 960 hPa rose between 1979 and 1990 but fell in the two decades following. It doesn’t offer any data on deep storms in the years since 2010, but it does conclude — citing 148 studies on the subject — that there is a general fall in wind speeds over land in the northern hemisphere up to 70 degrees north (Britain spans between 50 and 60 degrees north). You can read it all for yourself in chapter 11 of the IPCC report.

    IPCC report link:
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    Low wind speeds hurt profits at two of Europe’s major energy firms
    THU, AUG 12 2021

    The chief financial officer of German utility RWE on Thursday acknowledged the importance of weather to its renewables segment, as the company reported “much lower” wind volumes in Northern and Central Europe for the first half of 2021.

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  16. stpaulchuck says:

    blame everything on AGW of course