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    Woodland ecology research and services

    Assessing seedling regenration in an over-mature Scots pine stand
    Birch and Sitka spruce
    Red squirrel

    Forest Research aims to be at the centre of ecological research into British woodlands, by conducting research for the Forestry Commission and by encouraging and facilitating other research that supports sustainable management of woods and forests.

    Our core research is on the ecology of genes, species, habitats and landscapes associated with trees, woodland and forests.  This encompasses:

    • The conservation of biological resources (genes, species and habitats/ecosystems)
    • The conservation and enhancement of biodiversity
    • The management of impacts to woodland ecosystems caused by fauna (particularly mammals).

    Advice, products and services

    • Presentations at workshops and field events and advice by phone and e-mail and visits to give individual advice in context on:
      • Suitability of sites for restoring peatland habitats
      • Lowland woodland restoration
      • Managing existing open habitats and restoring priority open habitats.
      • Priority species management
      • Deer and stock management in forests and woodlands
      • Grey squirrel management and control, and red squirrel conservation
      • Protecting trees from wildlife impacts
      • Risks from alien invasive species
    • Surveys:
      • Identification of Sphagnum Moss species and advice on conservation management
    • DNA analysis:
      • Molecular genotyping of tree species (eg. black poplar)   
      • Real-time PCR tests to differentiate between animal species from droppings and scats (e.g. fox vs pine marten; black grouse, red grouse and capercaillie.
    • GIS analysis:
      • Habitat network mapping
      • Advice on interpreting habitat network maps used by Forestry Commission Wales and Forestry Commission Scotland
      • Incorporation of habitat network mapping into spatial planning
    • Facilities for testing physical barriers, chemical and physical deterrents against:
      • Grey Squirrels
      • Rabbits 
      • Roe deer
      • Muntjac deer

    Related resources

    • EcotypeEcotype - the Biodiversity Newsletter of Woodland Ecology.
      This is published on a regular basis and is available in PDF format.
    • IconRelated publications

    Research programmes

    Woodland ecology research contributes to programmes within:


    For further information contact:

    Dr Chris Quine