Andrew Rattey

BSc, MSc


Related research

Research topic

Strathard: a landscape to live, work and play

This project aims to develop more sustainable and resilient land and water management plans in Strathard by taking an ecosystems approach which considers the wider impacts and benefits of a range of management plans on ecosystem services, the landscape and communities living there.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
Research topic

Land Use and Ecosystem Services

The research aims to increase our understanding of how woodlands and wooded landscapes provide a diverse range of ecosystem services (ES), and to help policymakers, forest managers and planners understand and assess how the specific placement and management of woodlands affects ES delivery at various scales.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
Research topic

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

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting

Responsibilities

  • GIS User Group organiser
  • LUES webpage publisher

Current projects

  • PURPOSE project - Provide GIS support in developing project-specific spatial analysis methodologies.  Work involves using a species distribution mapping approach to produce a probabilistic Oak woodland map of the UK and combine this with soil and oak climate suitability data to develop a final oak stress map which will be used to identify where oak woodland is potentially vulnerable to acute oak decline.
  • Glasgow & Clyde Valley ecological networks - Developing ecological networks and opportunity mapping data for a range of generic focal species in project commissioned by Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership and SNH.  Opportunity mapping outputs allow for targeted land management to improve local and landscape-scale patch and network connectivity.
  • Niches for Species - Co-developing spatial model to support woodland managers and policy makers when accounting for conservation needs of protected species.  The model integrates species habitat requirements with spatial data on woodland types, structures, and microhabitats, as well as species ranges to define suitable locations for woodland specialist species.

Recently completed projects

  • Strathard project - Managing the collection, analysis, and visualisation of project spatial data. Responsible for production of final opportunity maps to identify optimal locations for land/water management actions in project area.
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  • Oak Processionary Moth project - Role entails data exploration and spatial analysis including spatial location queries and cluster analysis.

Related publications

Official publication: Research Note | RN

Niches for species: a multi-species model to guide woodland management

To protect biodiversity in the face of environmental change, there is a need to designate and manage areas of habitat for rare and threatened species. However, to identify the right...

Themes

  • Ecosystem services

Peer-reviewed papers:

Broome, A., Bellamy, C., Rattey, A., Ray, D., Quine, C.P. and Park, K.J., (2019) Niches for Species, a multi-species model to guide woodland management: An example based on Scotland’s native woodlands. Ecological Indicators, 103: 410-424. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.04.021

FC and FR publications and other reports

Broome, A., Rattey, A., Bellamy C., (2018), Niches for Species, a multi-species model to guide woodland management. Forestry Commission Research Note FCRN035.

Blogs, newsletters and other online content

Bellamy & Rattey (2018) 'Story Map - harnessing the power of maps' Forest Research News, February 2018.