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Tools & Resources

Ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus)

Ash dieback is a highly destructive disease of ash trees (Fraxinus species), especially the United Kingdom’s native ash species, common ash (Fraxinus excelsior).

UK Forestry Standard (UKFS)

The reference standard for sustainable forest management in the UK. The UKFS applies to all woodland in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, irrespective of who owns or manages it.

National Forest Inventory

The National Forest Inventory (NFI) programme monitors woodland and trees within Great Britain. It includes the most in depth survey carried out on Britain’s woodlands to date.

Statistics

We produce statistics on a wide range of topics related to forestry.

Pest and Disease Resources

Our trees are under threat from a range of pests and diseases. This page provides links to many of the tree pest and disease resources available from our website.

Ecological Site Classification

Ecological Site Classification (ESC) is a web-based decision support system to help forest managers and planners select tree species that are ecologically suited to particular sites.

Oak processionary moth

The caterpillars (larvae) of oak processionary moth (OPM) are pests of oak trees (trees in the Quercus genus), and a hazard to human and animal health.

Ramorum disease

Phytophthora ramorum is a highly destructive, algae-like organism called a water mould. It causes extensive damage and death to more than 150 plant species, including some forest species.

Acute oak decline

Acute oak decline is an emerging disease of oak trees which was first observed in the UK late in the 20th century. It can kill oak trees within four to six years of the onset of symptoms.

How to Calculate Species Diversity

You first need to calculate the total area of your forest and the area covered by each species. This may be available from inventory data or you might need to carry out a forest survey.

Social and environmental justice

Deprived groups may experience differential access to greenspaces and associated services, which may be detrimental to their well-being.

Carbon emissions of different fuels

Approximate lifecycle carbon emissions of a number of different fuels for heating, transport and power.

Publications

We publish a wide range of information in support of sustainable forest management in Britain. Publications are organised by category in the filtered search below. Our catalogue includes the FC publication library and archive as well as Forest Research articles and guidance.

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Research

You will find information about topics we are currently working on as well as archived material from completed projects. Current topics are what we see as being the key scientific challenges for our sector over the next few years, and details of the types of research we are undertaking in response.

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Services

Technical Services Unit

The Technical Services Unit (TSU) provides technical and environmental services to a broad range of customers across the UK.

DNA Fingerprinting

Forest Research uses micro-satellite analysis to produce DNA fingerprints from individual plants.

Technical Development services

Technical Development develops, evaluates and promotes safe and efficient equipment and methods of work and provides output information, specialist services and advice on forest operations.

Pest Management

Our approach to management is to breed and release a host-specific predatory beetle, Rhizophagus grandis, that is found within the pest’s natural range.

Urban Trees

Our scientists work on topics relating to planning, management and the protection of urban trees.

Habitat network analysis service

Spatial analysis techniques for habitat networks and working with / delivering tailored habitat network analyses.

Pesticides efficacy testing

Plant protection products – herbicides, insecticides and biocides – are only approved for sale and use in the UK once they have completed rigorous registration test.

Recent news

The UK forest scene recently lost one of its luminaries with the sudden death of Bill Mason in Edinburgh on 8th June.

Tom Locatelli, Senior Climate Change Scientist and Project Leader – Wind Risk in a Changing Climate, talks about wind risk in forestry and how ForestGALES helps foresters and land managers plan and manage woodlands and forests.

International conference and workshop on wind risk and the ForestGALES/fgr wind risk model successfully delivered in Scotland.

The UK forest scene recently lost one of its luminaries with the sudden death of Bill Mason in Edinburgh on 8th June.

Tom Locatelli, Senior Climate Change Scientist and Project Leader – Wind Risk in a Changing Climate, talks about wind risk in forestry and how ForestGALES helps foresters and land managers plan and manage woodlands and forests.

International conference and workshop on wind risk and the ForestGALES/fgr wind risk model successfully delivered in Scotland.