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

Bee Book Cover
This book, published in April 2016, is an informative and useful practical guide for conserving insect pollinators.
Lucy Hulmes, CEH
Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems - a long-term National Capability programme
Kestrel in the newly installed nest box in March 2016
Nest box live webcam and archive
Oak tree branches
New projects on tree health and plant biosecurity
eLTER H2020 project logo
Integrated European Long-Term Ecosystem & Socio-Ecological Research Infrastructure
Foxglove - Simon Smart/CEH
A new paper in Nature reveals for the first time how the abundance of nectar-producing plants has changed since the 1930s across Britain

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