Biodiversity in Ireland Plantation Forests (BIOFOREST)

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The BIOFOREST GIS (containing 303 layers of data and information) amalgamates botanical and zoological field data, along with existing base data from national organisations such as Coillte, Environmental Protection Agency, Ordnance Survey Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The GIS allows access to tabular data, imagery and metadata (data that is used to describe other data, examples of metadata include schema, table, index, view and column definitions) using ISO compliant standards for all of the datasets within the GIS. The BIOFOREST GIS is a fully functional, flexible and updateable GIS system. In tandem, the BIOFOREST Project is also utilising a licence-free and cost-free software system that can be run on any computer.

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Dr. Sue Iremonger
Trinity College Dublin

Dr. Tom Gittings
Department of Zoology, Ecology, and Plant Science

Dr. George Smith
Depatment of Botany

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Attachment Name and Download Link
Offline Print Quality Version    ERTDI_51_Iremonger_BIOFOREST_prn.pdf  (1.0 Mb)
Att 2    L_Coote_epiphyte_2005.ppt   (4.15 Mb)
Att 3    Bioforest_layer__list.pdf   (0.13 Mb)
Att 4   (0.26 Mb)
Att 5    BIOFOREST-GIS_USERS_MANUAL.pdf   (1.18 Mb)

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Author(s)Iremonger, S. Gittings, T. Smith, G.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationBiodiversity in Ireland Plantation Forests (BIOFOREST)
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
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Unique Identifierac42297d-34a2-102a-b1da-b128b41032cc
Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2024-05-23

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Iremonger, S. Gittings, T. Smith, G.   "Biodiversity in Ireland Plantation Forests (BIOFOREST)". Associated datasets and digitial information objects connected to this resource are available at: Secure Archive For Environmental Research Data (SAFER) managed by Environmental Protection Agency Ireland (Last Accessed: 2024-05-23)


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SAFER-Data Display URL
Resource Keywordsbiodiversity plantation forests. hoverflies (Syrphidae) and spiders (Aranae), ground vegetation and epiphytes
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2000-LS-3.1.3-M2
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeBiodiversity
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
Limitations on the use of this ResourceDr. Iremonger should be contacted before usage of the BIOFOREST DVD
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 5
Project Start Date Thursday 3rd May 2001 (03-05-2001)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Thursday 3rd May 2001 (03-05-2001)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Wednesday 19th October 2005 (19-10-2005)
Published on SAFERThursday 5th April 2007 (05-04-2007)
Date of Last EditThursday 3rd March 2011 at 14:26:01 (03-03-2011)
Datasets or Files Updated On Thursday 26th February 2009 at 12:01:48 (26-02-2009)

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In 2003 an extensive survey was conducted of 60 open spaces within 12 mature forests dominated by Sitka spruce. These spaces included glades, rides and roads. A special study was made of epiphytes. After the extensive survey was completed a manipulation experiment was designed to investigate the effect of different road widths on biodiversity. Roads of two different widths were established during the planting phase of eight forests. The surfaced width of road is the same in both: about 5m, but in the narrow treatment the total gap created was 15m, and in the wide treatment, 30m. Forests were Coillte-owned reforestation sites. For practical reasons the manipulations concentrated on internal forest road widths. At the planting stage of eight forests, designated stretches of road were made where the treeless width was the current standard of 15m, the other twice that at 30m. The manipulations were carried out in association with Coillte on reforestation sites in two clusters in Munster and Leinster. The planting season for this experiment was 2004/2005, and the field survey in 2005 will provide an initial assessment of any immediate effect on the biodiversity of the different widths used. These data will also form a baseline for the future monitoring of the experiment as the forest grows through the cycle described and investigated in Project 2.

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Against the forestry background described above, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Council for Forest Research and Development (COFORD) arranged to jointly fund research on forest biodiversity from National Development Plan funds, in the ERTDI programme. The resulting ?BIOFOREST? project was a large-scale project running from 2001 to 2006 with the aim of providing some much-needed basic information on biodiversity in Irish plantation forests. The focus of this research was to illustrate the effects of different aspects of management on biodiversity within forests, from the planning stage through to the mature forest. The research had an applied orientation and objectives to feed directly into the updating of forest policy and practice documents.
Supplementary Information
The entire BIOFOREST system is available on DVD - it is a DVD containing 680Mb of data. When unzippped this expands to 4.6GB. You should check that your system can accomodate this data. Given the very large file size you cannot download this file directly from this archive. Please contact the responsible parties above for a copy of the DVD

Results and conclusions of this project were presented in a substantial technical report available which will be available from COFORD in electronic format:

Iremonger, S., T. Gittings, G.F. Smith, M.W. Wilson, A. Oxbrough, L. Coote, J. Pithon, S. O'Donoghue, A.-M. McKee, J. O'Halloran, D.L. Kelly, P.S. Giller, A. O'Sullivan, P. Neville, F.J.G. Mitchell, V. O'Donnell, T.C. Kelly, and P. Dowding. 2006 Investigation of experimental methods to enhance biodiversity in plantation forests. BIOFOREST Project 3.1.3 Final Report. Report prepared for COFORD and EPA.
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