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Biodiversity and rotation length

Investigate how to incorporate biodiversity into an optimal rotation length model through literature review and data re-analysis of biodiversity links with stand age.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Ecosystem services
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Landscape ecology

Landscape Ecology at Forest Research, including principles and applications

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
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Forest Diversification

Exploring the scope to enhance the biodiversity potential, ecosystem functioning and resilience of woodlands through the diversification and conversion of simple production-oriented forest stands.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Forest management
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Habitat networks

Principles and techniques for developing FHNs, includes models to assess and measure the ecological function FHNs as an aid to woodland planning and woodland management for biodiversity benefits

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
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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.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
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Reducing the impact of non-native or invasive vertebrates to forestry

Research programme to support the management of conflicts caused by vertebrate species and their impacts in woodlands and provide information to support policy makers and practitioners in delivery of forest policy targets. Research areas cover mammal damage to trees and woodland and management of non-native or invasive vertebrates

Status: Current

Themes

  • Pests and diseases
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Genetic conservation

This project conducts research on adaptive and neutral genetic variation in our native tree species and woodland dwelling organisms. The results of the work contribute to the development of appropriate policy relating to future resilience of our native woodlands.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Genetics
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Payments for ecosystem services

Investigating a framework of incentives covering financing and paying for the benefits provided by ecosystems to households, communities and economies

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Ash dieback impact

This project assesses the potential ecological impact of the disease ash dieback on UK woodlands and species and investigates possible solutions which might be achieved through woodland management.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Pests and diseases
Research topic

Metabarcoding

Forest Research is collaborating with several organisations in order to harness this novel DNA approach for a range of applications in which monitoring of forest biodiversity is required.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Ecosystem services