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Title: Supporting conservation policy and management for protected woodland species in Britain
Author(s): Broome, Alice Charlotte
Supervisor(s): Park, K J
Quine, C P
Keywords: Protected woodland species
Forestry decision makers
Woodland policy and practice
Conservation of biodiversity
Scottish crossbills
Juniper
Capercaillie
Moths
Scottish native woodlands
Epiphytic lichens
Atlantic oakwood
Sweet chestnut coppice
Upland acid grassland
Native pinewood
Knowledge acquisition stage
Evidence based conservation
Species distribution
Species habitat requirements
Unintended consequences
Knowledge synthesis
Field testing
Niche concept
Lowland broadleaved woodland
Issue Date: Apr-2019
Publisher: University of Stirling
Citation: Broome, A., Bellamy, C., Rattey, A., Ray, D., Quine, C.P., Park, K.J. 2019. Niches for Species, a multi-species model to guide woodland management: an example based on Scotland’s native woodlands. Ecological Indicators, 103: 410 - 424.
Broome, A., Holl, K. 2017. Can the site conditions required for successful natural regeneration of juniper (Juniperus communis L.) be determined from a single species survey? Plant Ecology and Diversity, 10: 175 - 184.
Broome, A., Fuller, R.J., Bellamy, P.E., Eichhorn, M.P., Gill, R.M.A., Harmer, R., Kerr, G., Siriwardena, G. M. 2017. Implications of lowland broadleaved woodland management for the conservation of target bird species. Forestry Commission Research Note 028, Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.
Broome, A., Long, L., Ward, L.K., Park, K.J. 2017. Promoting natural regeneration for the restoration of Juniperus communis: a synthesis of knowledge and evidence for conservation practitioners. Applied Vegetation Science, 20: 397 - 409.
Broome, A., Connolly, T., Quine, C.P. 2013. An evaluation of thinning to improve habitat for capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus). Forest Ecology and Management, 314: 94 - 103.
Summers, R.W., Broome, A. 2012. Associations between crossbills and North American Conifers in Scotland Forest Ecology and Management, 271: 37 - 45.
Broome, A., Clarke, S., Peace, A., Parsons, M. 2011. The effect of coppice management on moth assemblages in an English woodland. Biodiversity and Conservation, 20: 729 - 749.
Abstract: Conservation action is urgently required to address global decline in biological diversity. Research evidence underpins conservation of biodiversity, in setting international and country policy, informing conservation management, formulating incentives and legislation. Appropriate and sound evidence, accessible to policymakers and practitioners is required and the challenge to fill knowledge gaps remains. Research evidence has to be delivered where conservation policies and actions are applied. This is often at a sector by country level. The focus of this thesis is British woodlands. Chapter 1 considers the types and qualities of research and five sequential stages in accumulating and reviewing knowledge. Chapters 2 to 9 describe individual studies and provide examples of each of the five stages. Supporting conservation policy and management for protected woodland species in Britain requires a varied research approach, as baseline knowledge on different taxa is diverse. I found ecological theory, particularly the niche concept and plant succession, provided a sound basis for my work. In Chapter 10, I reflect on the impact of my research and the scale at which information is delivered to meet end-user needs. My research is of instrumental, symbolic and conceptual use to the forestry sector. The information is provided for end users at strategic, tactical and finer scales for policy advisors, forest planners and operational decision-makers, respectively. Although my thesis describes a framework for gathering knowledge of high utility to forestry decision-makers, it does not answer all woodland conservation policy and management needs. Further, the relative value of either specific actions for individual species or management that benefits multiple species is unresolved. Instead, I suggest a scaled approach based on the level of legal protection a species has. Otherwise, delivering effective policy and management recommendations, which meet both these needs, is too challenging without further research to accumulate, review and disseminate evidence.
Type: Thesis or Dissertation
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/30109

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