In collaboration with Edinburgh University, we are reviewing woodland planting and its effects on biodiversity and water. Our research will identify where there are benefits for woodland biodiversity, harm to other habitats, impacts on water quality and flood mitigation. It will also identify any gaps in our knowledge.
As part of a long term project to look at the impact of woodland improvement grants used to improve woodland structure for birds we plan to revisit both areas that have been managed and nearby unmanaged area to assess impacts on bird populations.
In collaboration with the James Hutton Institute we are identifying bird species associated with oak and other similar species. This is part of a larger partnership project looking at the causes and impacts of acute and chronic oak decline in oak woodland, including the impacts of adaptive strategies for managing these plant health issues on biodiversity.