Publications on woodland and habitat management

Front coverBiodiversity in fragmented landscapes (PDF-1870K)

Maintaining species’ movement around landscapes is considered important if we are to conserve populations of many species and help them adapt to climate change. Particular features in the landscape have the potential to hinder or facilitate species movement. As each species interacts with the landscape differently, it can be hard to extract general patterns to include in planning and management guidance. This Research Note draws information together to look for such patterns.

By Amy Eycott and Kevin Watts.

Forestry Commission Research Note 10.


Choosing provenance in broadleaved trees (PDF-1620K)

By Jason Hubert and Edward Cundall.

Forestry Commission Information Note 82.


Creating new native woodlands: Turning ideas into reality (PDF-92K)

By Ralph Harmer.

Forestry Commission Information Note 15.


Domestic stock grazing to enhance woodland biodiversity (PDF-7294K)

By Brenda Mayle.

Forestry Commission Information Note 28.


Evaluating biodiversity in fragmented landscapes: The use of focal species (PDF-3551K)

By Amy Eycott, Keven Watts, Darren Moseley and Duncan Ray.

Forestry Commission Information Note 89.


Publication coverForest habitat network for Edinburgh and the Lothians (PDF-831K)

Booklet describing the contribution of woodlands to promote sustainable development within the regional Structure Plan.

By Duncan Ray and Darren Moseley.


Forest habitat networks Scotland (PDF-4665K)

By Darren Moseley, Duncan Ray, Kevin Watts & Jonathan Humphrey.

Contract report to Forestry Commission Scotland, Forestry Commission GB and Scottish Natural Heritage.


Grazing as a management tool in European forested ecosystems

By Jonathan Humphrey.

Forestry Commission Technical Paper 25.


Publication coverImproving the ecological content of forest plans (PDF-3614K)

A Case Study from Glen Affric - May 2008.


Cover of handbookManaging native broadleaved woodland

What native broadleaved woodland managers need to know; a new handbook that provides answers to questions that woodland managers ask and covers topics including use of grazing animals, uneven aged silviculture and management for nature conservation.

By: R. Harmer, G. Kerr and R. Thompson.

Available to buy from the TSO.


Managing rides, roadsides and edge habitats in lowland forests

By Richard Ferris and Clive Carter.

Forestry Commission Bulletin 123.


Monitoring vegetation changes in conservation management of forests

By Richard Ferris-Kaan, R. and Gordon Patterson.

Forestry Commission Bulletin, 108.


Natural regeneration in broadleaved woodlands: Deer browsing and the establishment of advanced regeneration (PDF-121K)

By Ralph Harmer and Robin Gill.

Forestry Commission Information Note 35.


Front coverNatural regeneration in western hemlock plantations on ancient woodland sites (PDF-529K)

This Research Note reports the results of a survey of natural regeneration in western hemlock PAWS which aimed to determine the numbers and species of tree seedlings regenerating, estimate the amount of each site that was restocked, assess the effect of site characteristics and identify a general sampling method to assess the proportion of a site that is stocked.

By Ralph Harmer, Kate Beauchamp and Geoff Morgan.

Forestry Commission Research Note 11.


Open ground in upland forests: A review of its potential as wildlife habitat and appropriate management methods (PDF-517K)

By Russell Anderson. 2003.


Publication coverPlanning for lowland habitat networks in Scotland: A landscape-scale approach (PDF-1629K)

A synopsis of the Lowland Habitat Networks in Scotland report (below), including examples of how networks of non-wooded habitats and their integration in different landscape settings could benefit landscapes in the Scottish Lowlands.

By Darren Moseley and Mike Smith.

Full report: Developing lowland habitat networks in Scotland: Phase 2 (PDF-3207K)


Publication coverRestoration of native woodland on ancient woodland sites (PDF-1975K)

By Richard Thompson, Jonathan Humphrey, Ralph Harmer and Richard Ferris.

Forestry Commission Practice Guide.


Restoration of neglected hazel coppice (PDF-404K)

By Ralph Harmer.

Forestry Commission Information Note 56.


Restoring afforested peat bogs: results of current research (Research Note 6)Restoring afforested peat bogs (PDF-954K)

Results of research.

By Russell Anderson.

Forestry Commission Research Note 6.


Front coverUK - India forest landscape restoration (PDF-2338K)

As part of a UK–India collaboration on forestry, this summary report shows how Forest Landscape Restoration can safeguard biodiversity by taking a landscape approach using appropriate technologies and practical applications and produce real benefi ts for communities by working in partnership with them.

Edited by Mike Smith (Forest Research) and Sandeep Tripathi (India Forest Research Institute), September 2011.


Using natural colonisation to create or expand new woodlands (PDF-63K)

By Ralph Harmer.

Forestry Commission Information Note 23.