Nick Fielding

Tree Health Field Support Officer

Nick Fielding

Tel:+44 1905 533804 (VoIP 33804)

Mobile:+44 7836 381090

Forest Research
Mortimer Forest Office

Nick joined FR in 1974 as an assistant scientific officer in the entomology branch, working at Alice Holt.

He moved to Ludlow in 1986 to run the field-station there, mainly working on the biological control of Dendroctonus micans using the specific predator Rhizophagus grandis. During 1990 he was seconded to Forestry Canada to work on potential insect vectors of the pine wood nematode.

On the formation of the Technical Services Unit (TSU) he moved to take on responsibility for the Shobdon field station; from January 2006, was responsible for the field stations at Talybont and Shobdon.

Current role

Tree Health Field Support Officer

From April 2012, he has been responsible for providing field support for any current Plant Health issues.

Current programmes

Plant health
Project leader responsible for:

  • Dendroctonus micans control programme using Rhizophagus grandis
  • UK Protected Zone survey programme for Plant Health service

Research areas

Plant health work with emphasis on surveys for non-native insect pests.

Main recent publications

Straw, N., Fielding, N., Tilbury,C., Williams, D.T. and Inward, D. (2014). Host plant selection and resource utilisation by Asian longhorn beetle Anoplophora glabripennis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in southern England. Forestry, 0, 1-12.

Straw, N., Fielding, N., Green, G., Price, J. and Williams D. (2011). Defoliation and growth relationships for mid-rotation Sitka spruce attacked by the green spruce aphid, Elatobium abietinum (Walker) (Homoptera: Aphididae). Forest Ecology and Management, 262, 1223-1235.

Straw, N., Fielding, N., Green, G and Price, J. (2006). Seasonal changes in the distribution of green spruce aphid Elatobium abietinum (Walker) (Homoptera: Aphididae) in the canopy of Sitka spruce. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 8, 139-154.

Fielding, N. (2006). Identification of Rhizophagus grandis Gyll. (Coleoptera: Rhizophagidae), an introduced bark-beetle predator now established in Britain. Entomologists Monthly magazine, 142, 49-51.

Straw, N., Fielding, N., Green, G and Price, J. (2005). Defoliation and growth loss in young Sitka spruce following repeated attack by the green spruce aphid, Elatobium abietinum Walker. Forest Ecology and Management, 213, 349-368.

Gilbert, M., Fielding, N., Evans, H and Gregoire, J.-C. (2003). Spatial pattern of invading Dendroctonus micans populations in the United Kingdom. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 33, 712-725.