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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.

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
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Attitudes to Woodland Expansion in Southern Scotland

A review of the methods available for eliciting local attitudes to woodland expansion (or other land use change), and findings from an attitudinal study in Southern Scotland.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
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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
Publication

Final report on assessment of the risk of chemical runoff following use of Gazelle SG as a pre-treatment and top-up spray in forestry

Standard, good forestry practice measures were proven to be effective in preventing containination of stream waters in a detailed study of acetamiprid runoff following the use of Gazelle SG as…

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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
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.

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
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

  • Genetics
  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Climate change
Research topic

Technical Development – Land Restoration

Operational research into land restoration to forestry on derelict, brown-field and disturbed land.

Status: Current