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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. More about our publications

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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Is the introduction of novel exotic forest tree species a rational response to rapid environmental change? : A British perspective.

A suggested way for British woodlands to combat the problems they are facing due to climate change and exotic pests and diseases is to grow a range of novel exotic tree species. Here we examine the arguments for doing this in the context of British forestry where the objectives are either commercial timber production or conservation of biodiversity.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
Peer reviewed papers

Ground surface subsidence in an afforested peatland fifty years after drainage and planting

In the UK, large areas of peatland were drained for forestry in the second half of the 20th century. Ground surface subsidence and diminishing depth (thickness) of the peat layer...

Themes

  • Soil science
  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
Peer reviewed papers

An analytical framework for spatially targeted management of natural capital

A major sustainability challenge is determining where to target management to enhance natural capital and the ecosystem services it provides. Achieving this understanding is difficult, given that the effects of...

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
Publication

Valuing flood regulation services of existing forest cover to inform natural capital accounts

Background Forests are recognised to reduce flood flows, although the issue is complex and continues to be explored. While the processes of how trees affect the generation and conveyance of...

Themes

  • Forest hydrology
  • Socio economic research
Research topic

BRIGIT - A consortium for enhancing UK surveillance and response to Xylella fastidiosa

A multi-partner GB wide transdisciplinary project that takes a holistic approach to enhance diagnostics, identify factors that could lead to spread and formulate response strategies to mitigate the devastating effects of X. fastidiosa.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Pests and diseases
  • Ecosystem services
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Peer reviewed papers

Land managers behaviour and forest resilience

Land owners and managers are being urged to change their behaviours and practice to increase forest resilience, this research describes some of the barriers to change including the different attitudes and beliefs of different kinds of land managers around uncertainty and risk, and the need for information and guidance which takes these perspectives into account.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Socio economic research
Research topic

Integrating research for policy and practice

This research programme aims to develop new ways to understand, evaluate and communicate the impacts of research carried out by Forest Research and its partners across society, the economy and environment. Outputs include a series of case studies, and technical guidance to help embed impact generation into the research process.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Socio economic research
Research topic

UK Forest Genetic Resources Strategy

Forest Genetic Resources Strategy

Status: Current

Themes

  • Genetics
Official publication: Research Note | RN

The Environmental Change Network at Alice Holt Research Forest

The Environmental Change Network (ECN) was established in 1992 to provide a framework for monitoring the effects of a range of environmental drivers on freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. The Alice...

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
Research topic

B4EST – adaptive breeding for productive, sustainable and resilient forests under climate change

B4EST will offer new understanding about how adaptive forest breeding can be used to increase forest survival, health, resilience and productivity under climate change and natural disturbances, while maintaining genetic diversity and key ecological functions.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Tree breeding