BES Forest Ecology Group

A British Ecological Society Special Interest Group

CCFG / BES SEMINAR Biodiversity effects of ‘irregular’ silviculture in native woodland

5th & 6th April 2017
Dorset / Wiltshire border

The aim of this seminar is to bring together researchers, forestry practitioners,
ecologists and policy makers to explore the results of a major research project into
the interrelationship between forest structure, management and biodiversity in
native semi-natural woodland.

This is the first time in the UK that research has been undertaken to assess the
biodiversity effects of stands with relatively long-established ‘irregular high forest’
structures in native woodland, and compare them to the more commonly found
woodland structures (i.e. coppice and coppice-with-standards, neglected closed
stands, and even-aged high forest). ‘Irregular silviculture’ is a type of Continuous
Cover Forestry which is being promoted and practised in the forestry sector as a
potentially financially viable way of increasing diversity to improving resilience to
pests, diseases and climate change. Structures which have developed from this
technique at the Rushmore Estate look promising with regard to providing diverse
wildlife habitats and this research project has sought to provide some hard

The seminar will be a mix of indoor and outdoor presentations and discussion,
looking at the initial results from the research projects, the silviculture involved and
will consider further research approaches using novel techniques to find out more.

£35 per delegate
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