I'm very surprised at the number of gales. A F8 is a rare event inland. Looking at Lambs 'English Climate' a fair chunk of central & eastern England averages <2 gales a year.. Most coasts are 10-20 days a year range . The only places to exceed 30 in England /Wales / Scotland being Lands End & the Lizard point, the tip of Pembroke, the end of the LLeyn peninsula and the Outer Hebrides, and few coasts exceed 20. Are we talking about the terrible gale force gust, which of course isn't a gale?
There's been a fairly dramatic fall to very low levels along much of the Atlantic seaboard.
Taking Penzance, wich is sheltered, so many of the gales are marginal - it bears little relation to the gale frequencies on nearby cliff tops. It does mean a small drop in windiness is reflected by a large drop in the number of gales
This led to an interesting youtube video, when a chap went out on the Sennen lifeboat to discuss climate change. He clearly expected Terry (the coxswain) to say how stormy it's got. Instead Terry commented on the lack of gales this century, and how it had extended the fishing seasons for the Cove's fleet of small boats. The MetO were asked about his comments at the end. For this topic the interesting bit starts 3 minutes in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzCQSpHPu_8&feature=player_embedded
I did think that the fall might be down to the depressions taking a more northerly course, but a check revealed low gale frequencies in recent years right up the Atlantic seaboard to Orkney. So perhaps the depressions are getting stuck in mid Atlantic more.
Certainly, most hyped gales here are complete non events in reality. Mind you March 2008 exceeded all expectations, the worst conditions on the north coast of West Cornwall this century. http://www.sennen-cove.com/10march08.htm