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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.

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  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Ecosystem services
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
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.

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  • 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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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

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  • Ecosystem services
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Official publication: Forestry Facts & Figures | FS

Forestry Facts & Figures 2019

A summary of statistics about woodland and forestry in the UK.

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  • Forest management
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
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Exploring changes in ecosystem services under varying scenarios

Exploration of the resilience of woodlands to future change by assessing how ecosystem service values and natural capital stocks of woodlands may be affected by change through the application of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA) scenarios and different management approaches, e.g. forest diversification through the application of forest management alternatives

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  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
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Detecting young trees from space

FR have established how to detect young trees from space using synthetic aperture RADAR and machine learning techniques. This will support the monitoring of the planting of tens of thousands of restock sites and new woodland across Britain. In searching for a solution researchers hypothesised that even if the trees are too small to see, maybe we could ‘feel’ them using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). A different technique to utilising optical data, SAR provides ‘fuzzy’ data on the presence of objects, their size, orientation and texture. The research found that this was possible and data on whether sites had tree cover or not has been derived for extensive areas of Britain and NFI are working to operationalise the process.

Status: Current

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  • Forest management
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Peer reviewed papers

Trends in surface water chemistry in afforested Welsh catchments

Analysis of 22 years of water chemistry data from afforested Welsh catchments revealed trends indicative of recovery from acidification

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  • Forest management
  • Forest hydrology
  • Soil science
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
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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
Official publication: Forestry Facts & Figures | FS

Forestry Facts & Figures 2018

This booklet contains a summary of statistics about woodland and forestry. The complete statistics for 2017 are available on our forestry statistics web page. Please note - the printed version of...

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  • Forest management
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting