Wales will soon be like Morocco
Why our famous Welsh sheep could disappear because of climate change
Could Welsh sheep be wiped out by climate change?
They have forever been seen as a symbol of Wales – for better or worse.
But now the humble Welsh sheep has been issued a stark warning in the face of climate change: “adapt or die”.
A leading animal geneticist says the country’s current lowland ovine stock is “vulnerable” to climate change – and may have to be replaced en masse with more suitable breeds if the situation is not managed.
Professor Mike Bruford, from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences, who has spent two years mapping the genetic codes of sheep in Morocco in a bid to unlock what adaptations allow sheep to live in extremely hot, dry conditions and in much wetter conditions.