Terrestrial ecology is the study of how land-based organisms interact with each other and their environment. This can include everything from the molecular makeup of soil to the migratory patterns of birds. Studies tend to focus, however, on the diversity, distribution, and population of species.

This research has many practical applications, particularly for natural resource management. Industries such as agriculture or forestry would collapse without knowledge of the life cycles of crops and soil nutrients. Understanding soil moisture is part of what allows managers to mitigate the impacts of droughts, and having a broader, long-term perspective on ecosystems is crucial for making conservation decisions.

CEH work on terrestrial ecology

Find out more about science areas on environmental monitoring and obervation, sustainable land management and soil science.

Projects

Monitoring Sites

Research facilities

Sand dunes and landscape
The science behind our unique coastal biodiversity
Conwy catchment
Integrated hydrological and ecological monitoring and research in a varied coastal catchment
Professor David Fowler of CEH speaking at the Ozone Symposium
Quadrennial Ozone Symposium 2016
Borrowdale, Lake District. Photo by Andy Sier
Integrating data, models and scientific knowledge on natural capital to support research and decision-making
State of Nature 2013 and State of Nature 2016 report covers
Trends and biases in biological records
Bombus lapidarius on oilseed rape, photo by Lucy Hulmes
Dr Nick Isaac reports from behind the scenes of the new wild bee / neonicotinoid study
Venus's looking-glass (Legousia hybrida)
Rare Arable Flowers app now available
Snowdrops
Major new study published in Nature

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