Red Squirrels United
Red Squirrels United brings together partners from across the UK to deliver red squirrel conservation. As part of this effort, Forest Research is undertaking a public attitudinal survey to understand levels of awareness of squirrel conservation issues and attitudes towards management methods.
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.
Future Proofing Plant Health
The Future Proofing Plant Health project aims to provide evidence for the implementation of the GB Plant Biosecurity Strategy. It will focus on strategic areas related to new and emerging pests and diseases (prevention, detection, control, resilience), as well as identifying priority pests, diseases and pathways.
Spruce aphid Elatobium abietinum
The project is analysing data on spruce aphid populations from forests managed using different silvicultural systems, to determine whether increasing the structural diversity of forest stands leads to a lower incidence of the pest and a reduction in damage.
Testing a range of ash species for tolerance to Chalara
Testing for tolerance to Chalara ash die-back across various ash species.
Living Ash Project (LAP)
Natural tolerance to Chalara ash die-back and tissue culture of selected ash trees
Regeneration and sustainable silviculture
Adapting forest regeneration to increase resilience to climate change and biotic threats, whilst maintaining productivity.
Technical Development – Woodland Operations
Technical Development’s Woodland Operations Programme develops, evaluates and promotes safe and efficient equipment and methods into forestry establishment and maintenance, integrated forest management, environmental management, harvesting and transport and woodfuel
The breeding of conifer species
Improving the economic value of conifer planting stock through breeding and selection.
Behaviour of private land owners and managers
Research into private landowner decision-making, culture and their attitudes towards forestry.