The aims of this studentship are to discover the reasons why grey squirrels strip the bark from trees and to explore the development of commercial products (such as dietary supplements or deterrence devices) that could be developed to solve this problem.
The economic cost to the GB forestry industry from bark stripping in beech, sycamore and oak is estimated at £10 million per year (Forestry Commission, 2004). The cost in terms of damage to other species has not been estimated.
The student will spend at least 24 months under supervision at our Alice Holt Research Station, develop a research strategy which addresses the commercial consequences of bark stripping within individual forests and nationally.
The research will be supervised by:
Deadline for applications is Wednesday 6th June 2012.