Research topics Publications
Valuing the Mental Health Benefits of Forestry – Phase 2
This research presents an estimate of the mental health benefits associated with the UK’s woodlands, using an approach valuing woodland through reduced prevalence of mental illnesses. Indicative estimates are derived for potential inclusion of mental health benefits in UK natural capital accounts and for use in project and policy appraisal.
Developing an Approach to Monitoring the Health and Well-Being Benefits of Visits to Scotland’s Forests
This project reviewed evidence on the health and well-being benefits, and social and cultural benefits, of visits to forests, as well as the methods to measure and monitor them. It also provides recommendations for monitoring these benefits to support the implementation of Scotland’s Forestry Strategy 2019-2029.
The impacts of conifer afforestation and climate on water quality and freshwater ecology in a sensitive peaty catchment: a 25 year study in the upper River Halladale in North Scotland
Highlights Good forest practice was effective at protecting water quality. Streamwater acidity and ecology unaffected by conifer afforestation. Hurricanes caused marked changes in streamwater acidity and water colour. Total P…
The effect of forest-to-bog restoration on the hydrological functioning of raised and blanket bogs
Howson, T., Chapman, P. J., Shah, N., Anderson, R., & Holden, J. (2021). The effect of forest-to-bog restoration on the hydrological functioning of raised and blanket bogs. Ecohydrology, e2334. https://doi.org/10.1002/eco.2334
The National Forest Estate Biodiversity Index
Forest Research, Forestry & Land Scotland and Forestry England have co-developed an evidence based, repeatable approach for assessing the biodiversity potential of the National Forest Estate. Several extent, condition, connectivity and diversity metrics are measured and aggregated into a Combined Biodiversity Index. An online, interactive tool allows users to explore mapped scores.
Factsheet: Climate change and ecosystem services
Climate change will have wide-ranging effects on ecosystem services
Why society needs nature - Lessons from research during Covid-19
The Covid-19 Pandemic and associated ‘lockdown’ restrictions in 2020 impacted people’s lives in many ways, including how often people visited nature and their experiences of it. This report concerns how people visited green and blue natural spaces and their experiences of this during 2020.
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.