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Urban Forest Research Group
The Urban Forest Research Group undertakes research into the structure, composition, and value of trees in towns and cities in the UK. The urban forest comprises all the trees in…
Factsheet: Peatlands, forestry and climate change
This factsheet explains how forestry affects the carbon stored in peat and the role forest-to-bog restoration can play in reducing carbon emissions.
Factsheet: Climate change and biodiversity
More biodiverse woodlands are better able to resist or adapt to threats, such as climate change. This enhanced resilience supports the continuity of woodlands and the ecosystem services they provide. Biodiversity is the variation at different levels of biological organisation - the genes within a species; the species within a community; and the diversity between communities and ecosystems.
Historic Urban Tree Canopy Cover of Great Britain
A study of historic and current urban tree canopy cover in Great Britain using aerial imagery.
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.
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.
Modelling scenarios for woodland expansion in Scotland
A model was developed to represent the environment of Scotland, including its many different types of land managers and their views about woodland creation. By representing alternative scenarios in the model, the research explored how each set of choices might affect the benefits we get from the environment over the next 100 years and the contribution to woodland cover targets.
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
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.
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.