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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
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Valuing mental health benefits of forests

This research examines approaches to valuation of the mental health benefits of forests and proposes how monetary valuation of these benefits can be developed further. It examines metrics to quantify mental health impacts, methodologies to value changes in these and potential for incorporating associated values into natural capital accounting

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
  • Urban greening
Peer reviewed papers

Forest damage by deer depends on cross‐scale interactions between climate, deer density and landscape structure

This journal paper investigates the factors that drive deer damage to woodlands using the National Forest Inventory sample square data. We found that the likelihood of damage to trees depends on cross-scale interactions between climate, deer density and landscape structure. The complex interactive effects uncovered are difficult to interpret. We therefore provide an interactive Deer Damage Tool for practitioners to visualize how afforestation is likely to influence the probability of deer damage in different forests and regions across Britain.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Ecosystem services
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
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Attitudes to Woodland Expansion in Southern Scotland

A review of the methods available for eliciting local attitudes to woodland expansion (or other land use change), and findings from an attitudinal study in Southern Scotland.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
Peer reviewed papers

A sequential multi-level framework to improve habitat suitability modelling

We provide a sequential framework for improved multi-scale habitat suitability modelling or species distribution modelling. We apply it to the lesser horseshoe bat in Britain to demonstrate its improved accuracy and ecological inference.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Peer reviewed papers

Predicting hedgehog mortality risks on British roads using habitat suitability modelling

An analysis of citizen science hedgehog roadkill data has revealed why, when and where vehicle-hedgehog collisions are most likely to occur. The approach involved a multi-scale habitat suitability model. Suburban areas with mixtures of urban and grassland were found to be roadkill hotspots.

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  • Ecosystem services
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
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Nature based vocational training leading to human wellbeing in Skåne, Sweden

The Nature Integration Programme facilitates sustainable integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants into society. A large number of these groups have been taken in by Sweden in recent years.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
  • Urban greening
Peer reviewed papers

UK landscape ecology: trends and perspectives from the first 25 years of ialeUK

With 2017 marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of the UK chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (ialeUK), current members of its organising committee set out to examine the content of past ialeUK conferences and, with input from past ialeUK contributors, reflect on what observed patterns might mean for shaping future landscape research.

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  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
Research topic

BioCoRe: An interactive/adaptable landscape ecology approach for targeting restoration

How we manage priority habitats within increasingly fragmented landscapes is a critical conservation issue. Practitioners and policy makers are often faced with the dilemma of deciding where to focus limited...

Status: Current

Themes

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

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research