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.


Monitoring Sites

Research facilities

A 7-spot ladybird with the characteristic cocoon of the Dinocampus coccinellae wasp parasite
Tackling a complex ecological puzzle of ladybirds and parasites
Adult oak processionary moth
Showing that absence of evidence from citizen science does not equal evidence of absence
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