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Forest Insects and their Allies

Last meeting: 25th April 2017, Fera Science Ltd, York

Insects and their allies play a key role in forest ecosystem function, supporting processes such as decomposition and pollination. They are important to the natural control of pest species, whilst also forming the main part of this group. The UK forest estate, at around 12% land cover, is diverse being comprised of both native and non-native tree species ranging from ancient woodland to plantation and with varied management goals. Many UK forests are of conservation value, but low semi-natural forest cover means that highly managed plantations also have a role to play in supporting forest-associated insects and their allies.

The group meet annually to discuss current research and policy specifically related to forest insects, including their management (e.g. pest species) and conservation. The target audience of the group is academics, students, practitioners and other stakeholders. New members are welcome and can contact the convenor, Anne Oxbrough ( for details or to be added to the mailing list. Meetings are usually held in April with an annual e-newsletter produced in October. The group webpage ( ) features PDF downloads of presentations given at annual meetings and member details.

Download annual Newsletter here.


Dr Anne Oxbrough
Biosciences Building
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
Ormskirk, Lancashire
L39 4QP