A British Ecological Society Special Interest Group
From Anne Oxbrough
The first annual meeting of ‘forest insects and their allies’ was held at Edge Hill University on 16th April 2015. This new group is supported within the Forest Ecology group of BES and is also a new special interest group of the Royal Entomological Society. The first meeting was attended by 13 delegates from ten organisations across the UK including Universities, Forestry Commission and Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust. Research was presented on a diverse range of topics from spider conservation in rare yew woodlands (Lauren Fuller, Forestry Commission), the use of bioacoustics in forest monitoring for wood-boring insect detection (David Chesmore, University of York), olfactory cues in large pine weevil (Katrina Dainton, Harper Adams), and the importance of tree genetic diversity for insect herbivores in boreal forests (Sandra Barantal, Royal Holloway University).
The group meet annually to discuss current research and policy specifically related to forest insects, including their management (e.g. pest species) and conservation. The target audience of the group is academics, students, practitioners and other stakeholders. New members are welcome and can contact the convenor, Anne Oxbrough (firstname.lastname@example.org), for details or to be added to the mailing list. Meetings are usually held in April with an annual e-newsletter produced in October. The group webpage (hosted by Edge Hill University) is currently under construction and will feature PDF downloads of presentations given at annual meetings.