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Caledonian Forest Information Centre

Scientific Research in the Caledonian Forest


Michele Crowell carrying out research on Scots pines planted by Trees for Life volunteers in Glen Affric

Trees for Life has had an ongoing programme of scientific research associated with our conservation work since 1990. Students from several universities, including Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Stirling, Cambridge, Leeds and Bangor have undertaken a series of studies for us, covering a range of subjects.

Because only 1% of the original Caledonian Forest survives, it has been little studied until relatively recently, and consequently much research is needed to provide a greater understanding of the ecosystem. Research is also vital to provide a proper basis for the work of restoring the forest, and we invite any students who are interested in carrying out research to contact us.

The importance of research in the Caledonian Forest remnants has been highlighted by the discovery of a previously unknown species of beetle in the RSPB's Abernethy Reserve, and by the discovery in 1997 of a globally threatened lichen species, forked-hair lichen (Bryoria furcellata) in a research plot just outside the exclosure at Coille Ruigh na Cuileige in Glen Affric - this species in known from only five other sites in the UK.

Possible Research Projects

For students who are interested in carrying out research in conjunction with our project, we maintain a list of possible research projects which is updated regularly.

Details of Previous Research Projects

The links below go to other pages on our site which contains reports about previous research projects carried out by students in conjunction with our conservation work:















1995 - 1998



Other Research in the Caledonian Forest

The links below go to pages on our site with information about other research projects being carried out in the Caledonian Forest:

Last updated: Thursday, 05-Jul-2012 15:52:53 CEST

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