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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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Official Forestry Commission publications: Forestry standards
Official Forestry Commission publications: Forestry practice
Official Forestry Commission publications: Forestry research
Official Forestry Commission publications: Forestry technology
Official Forestry Commission publications: Forestry statistics
Archive publications
Research themes
Research topic

Engagement with nature before and during the Covid-19 restrictions

This research aimed to explore people’s engagement with trees and woodlands, as well as wider nature, before and during the Covid-19 restrictions of spring to autumn 2020. There was an increase in social media traffic outlining the benefits of engaging with local nature spaces and a greater awareness of how much people can value and rely on nature to support their wellbeing.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Socio economic research
Research topic

Identifying Opportunities for Woodland Creation in Central Scotland

This research aims to assist those responsible for woodland creation in the Central Scotland Green Network area in identifying landowners and locations which offer the ‘best bets’ for new tree planting. In addition, the research seeks to inform on how communication and outreach can be tailored so as to be more effective.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Socio economic research
Official publication: Forestry Facts & Figures | FS

Forestry Facts and Figures 2020

This booklet contains a summary of statistics about woodland and forestry.

Research topic

Forland Landscape Restoration

The ForLand-Restoration project is developing a forest landscape restoration decision support platform. A collaborative research project funded by Climate-KIC to explore landscape restoration opportunities with stakeholders with the aim of reaching consensus on land use decisions.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
Research topic

Molecular detection of Phytophthoras in forest, woodland and urban garden environments

A project entitled 'molecular detection of Phytophthoras in forest, woodland and urban garden environments' aims to; i) examine Phytophthora diversity in soil at forest, woodland and public garden sites in Scotland, ii) assess the feasibility of using Illumina metabarcoding technology combined with spore trapping for longer-term monitoring of aerial Phytophthora diseases, such as P. ramorum, and iii) to provide evidence to inform biosecurity and remediation policy aimed at limiting the introduction, spread and impact of Phytophthora diseases.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Pests and diseases
  • Tree breeding
Peer reviewed papers

Species diversification - which species should we use?

This paper stresses that future use of ‘alternative’ species for diversification should be contingent on rigorous biological risk assessment, results from forestry scale trials, and the establishment of sustainable British seed sources.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Genetics
Research topic

Provenance variation of emerging species

Forest Research has recently examined some long-term experiments to examine provenance variation of emerging species. The table below is a summary of how the results compare with Forestry Commission Bulletin...

Status: Current

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
Research topic

Forest hydrology - PhD studentships

Phd Students asociated with the Forest Hydrology research programme.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest hydrology
Research topic

Climate change impacts

Examining the effects of climate change and air pollution on woodland and forestry.

Status: Current
Report summaries

ESCom 2020 workshop: Scotland's National Ecological Network - progress and practicalities

Summary of a workshop for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss the progress and practicalities of developing a National Ecological Network in Scotland. Embedded in this approach to more sustainable land use is the need to take stock of progress towards regional and national ecological networks to increase resilience into the future.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
  • Urban greening
  • Forest hydrology
  • Tree breeding