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The input of LI members will be invaluable to this Defra biosecurity consultation, which seeks to establish the effectiveness of current measures, how government and industry can collaborate on a biosecure supply chain, and how technical innovations can help prepare for future threats. FIND OUT MORE HERE
Hi all Please visit https://www.sylva.org.uk/bws2021 for information on the current British Woodlands Survey which closes on 11th July. The survey is part of the Future Oak research project, led by Bangor University, and is investigating the health of oak trees in the UK. Our native oak species are increasingly under-pressure from a variety of pests, pathogens, and changes to the landscape and climate. The project focuses particularly on Acute Oak Decline (AOD) and will explore the role of micro-organisms in this disease. The research team believes that without careful study, we will be ill-equipped to meet the challenges our forests face over the next century. Only by understanding both the science of tree response to pests, pathogens, and climate change; and the current management knowledge base and practices can we hope to counter these threats and build the resilience our woodlands require. Research of this nature is critical in developing our understanding of the issues facing oak in the UK, but without the support of Forest Managers its practical application will be limited. Ultimately, understanding forest manager perspectives is critical to the design and deployment of any solution to tree health problems.