Upland woodland research
Long-term studies in Abernethy Forest, an ancient native pinewood are building a detailed picture of its ecology, history and appropriate management.
- A review of the history, ecology and current status of Abernethy Forest.
- Late 1980s: RSPB purchased Abernethy Forest; commencement of conservation management and an increase in research activity in support of this.
- 2001: Commencement of field layer trials using cattle, burning and mowing.
- 2011: Completion of first analyses of long-term field-layer trials.
- Ecological and historical studies at Abernethy Forest over several decades, many of them led and/or hosted by RSPB, have been collated and reviewed for publication in the forthcoming book on the forest.
- A series of field trials, spanning up to 20 years are under way, testing burning, mowing and cattle grazing as means of improving woodland grouse habitat quality and breeding performance, and natural regeneration by Scots pine.
- A new detailed study on Abernethy Forest will be published, reviewing existing knowledge of the history and ecology of the forest.
- A series of field trials will be completed, testing the efficacy of prescribed burning, mowing, and cattle grazing, as conservation management tools.