Visualisation tools for public participation in managing landscape change (VISULANDS)
This site in North Wales is substantially wooded, and has important components of semi-natural heath that are valued for their appearance and fauna, as well as low value agricultural land. New methods of managing the forest to avoid clear-felling are being applied by Forestry Commission Wales (and studied by silvicultural groups within Forest Research). This could provide an opportunity to consider whether this does bring about expected benefits in visual experience (as well as providing habitat for important woodland species such as red squirrel).
The impacts of rapid land use change on biodiversity and related values are being studied by taking a historical perspective so that a full sequence of forest-related change can be analysed. This includes afforestation of grazing land, growth of productive forest, felling and replanting, retention of mature elements of the forest, development of continuous cover forestry. This work supplements initial site characterisation within the Forest Research Landscape Ecology project.