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An analytical framework for spatially targeted management of natural capital
A major sustainability challenge is determining where to target management to enhance natural capital and the ecosystem services it provides. Achieving this understanding is difficult, given that the effects of...
Valuing flood regulation services of existing forest cover to inform natural capital accounts
Background Forests are recognised to reduce flood flows, although the issue is complex and continues to be explored. While the processes of how trees affect the generation and conveyance of...
Land managers behaviour and forest resilience
Land owners and managers are being urged to change their behaviours and practice to increase forest resilience, this research describes some of the barriers to change including the different attitudes and beliefs of different kinds of land managers around uncertainty and risk, and the need for information and guidance which takes these perspectives into account.
Integrating research for policy and practice
This research programme aims to develop new ways to understand, evaluate and communicate the impacts of research carried out by Forest Research and its partners across society, the economy and environment. Outputs include a series of case studies, and technical guidance to help embed impact generation into the research process.
Story Map - harnessing the power of maps
Chloe Bellamy and Andrew Rattey of Forest Research talk about their experience of using a new visualisation tool to aid community engagement. The Strathard Initiative is a collaborative project that...
NHS Greenspace in Scotland
NHS Greenspace in Scotland is being developed through a series of demonstration projects at different hospital sites. Staff, patients, visitors and local communities are the beneficiaries of improvements to NHS Greenspace.
Exploring land manager views of payments for ecosystem services, networks and learning
Research exploring evidence for land manager perceptions and understandings of the concept of payments for ecosystem services, the use of formal and informal networks and the ways in which land managers learn from others.
What Do Forest Managers Want to Know About Adaptation?
Adaptation to climate change involves adjusting Forest Management to anticipate future changes. Starting to adapt woodland and forests to the changing climate now is important if owners and society wish...
Evaluation of the Mission: Invertebrate Programme
In 2017 the social scientists at Forest Research undertook an evaluation of the Mission Invertebrate programme run by The Royal Parks in London.
Visitor experiences and impressions of Bedgebury: the Pinetum and wider forest
The Forestry Commission wanted to understand more about how visitors to Bedgebury use the Pinetum and wider forest. Forest Research social scientists investigated the experiences and opinions of visitors to Bedgebury through a series of focus groups and trail walks with participants through the forest.