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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
Research topic

The dendroclimatic and dendrochronological background to Acute Oak Decline

Using tree ring measurements (dendrochronology) and stable isotope analysis, the research aims to examine the stem growth and tree health histories of Acute Oak Decline (AOD)-affected trees, to look for evidence of predisposition to AOD, the impact of AOD on recent growth, and correlation with A. biguttatus attack.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
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Analysis and development of local authority tree strategies

A series of nine local authority case studies in England to understand the processes, drivers and barriers behind tree strategy development and implementation.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
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
Research topic

Assessment of large-scale plant biosecurity risks to Scotland

This research aims to better understand potential large-scale threats to plant biosecurity in Scotland. In particular, we are exploring the risks posed by i) non-specialist and online horticultural sales, ii) large-scale plantings for landscaping and infrastructure projects, and iii) large-scale tree plantings for environmental benefits.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
Research topic

The social dimensions of oak processionary moth (OPM) management

Management of oak processionary moth (OPM) is becoming an increasing challenge to land managers of trees and woodlands in urban and rural areas as the pest continues to spread outwards...

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
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Understanding land managers' behaviours for tree health policy options

Co-design of tree health policy options for resilient treescapes as part of Future Farming and Countryside Programme (FFC)

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
Research topic

Priorities for research on Emerging Species

An analysis of species diversity of the Public Forest Estate in Britain to help inform the future direction of research on species and provenance.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Genetics
Official publication: Technical Note | TN

Controlling grey squirrels in forests and woodlands in the UK

This Technical Note provides updated information on methods of grey squirrel control.

Themes

  • Pests and diseases
Research topic

Oak lace bug in Europe (OLBIE): Evaluation of the pest status in Europe and development of survey, control and management strategies

This Euphresco project will focus on the oak lace bug (Corythucha arcuata), with an emphasis on evaluating its pest status in Europe and assessing survey, control and management strategies.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Pests and diseases