Ecological networks: science and practice

Technical advances and the need to accept uncertainty were key topics of discussion at the 16th annual UK meeting of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE), which was held in Edinburgh this September

News from Forest Research: November 2009

Waterfall in woodland
The field trip to Loch Katrine demonstrated the scope for integrating landscape-scale restoration with the protection of an important watershed producing exceptionally pure water for Glasgow
Photo © Jim Latham

Co-organised by Forest Research, the conference was entitled ‘Ecological Networks: Science and Practice’. The aim of the event was twofold: to review the empirical foundations for the design of ecological networks and to consider how this evidence has been used in practice in different countries.

A number of Forest Research staff took part in the event:

  • Tytti Vanhalla explained how using the DNA of wood crickets can help model connectivity
  • Amy Eycott reviewed how different landscape features affect species movement
  • Jordan Chetcuti gave a presentation about integrating ecological network modelling and forest plans
  • Kevin Watts and Phil Handley gave a workshop on the latest spatial tools for network modelling.

There were also field trips to the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and the Edinburgh and Lothian area, which demonstrated implementation strategies in progress and provided a focus for discussion.

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This and other news stories can be found in the November 2009 issue of FR News, our online newsletter.