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Diameter, height and volume increment single tree models for improved Sitka spruce in Great Britain

The British forestry sector lacks reliable dynamic growth models for stands of improved Sitka spruce, the most important commercial forest type in Great Britain. The aim of this study is…

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  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Tree breeding
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Peer reviewed papers

Simultaneous estimation of Pinus nigra Arn. ssp. salzmannii natural regeneration emergence and survival through lifetime analysis

We developed a climatic sensitive model to simultaneously estimate the emergence and survival of Corsican pine natural regeneration in Spain through lifetime analysis. This work is highly relevant for managing the species in a context of climate change. Our modelling approach represents a breakthrough in the state of the art of lifetime analysis.

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  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
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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.

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  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
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Dynamic top height models for several major forest tree species in Great Britain

New dynamic top height models for 10 major species in Great Britain for pure, even-aged stands

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  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
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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
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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
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
  • Ecosystem services
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
Forestry Facts & Figures

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

Status: Current

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  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting