Dates available

4-6 June

18-20 June


9:00 to 17:00


Eskdalemuir / Boreland, Eskdalemuir Forest


Jens Haufe

In a nutshell

This introductory level module aims to provide an overview of site conditions relevant for forestry and their implications for tree species choice. Topics covered include climate conditions, an introduction to forest soils, vegetation as a fertility indicator, tree species’ requirements on site conditions and an introduction to Forest Development Types as the long-term target of forest management. The module includes indoor sessions as well as extensive site visits and practical exercises.

Prerequisite knowledge

Basic understanding of forestry practice and/or undergraduate degree or equivalent.

Learning outcomes

Delegates can recognise principal soil types and explain their implications for soil fertility and soil moisture. They are able to relate soil fertility to ground vegetation on site, access and interpret information on climatic conditions, and choose site-adapted tree species and forest types. Delegates will also be able to access and use Forest Research’s Ecological Site Classification system ESC.

Training material and recommended pre-course reading

  • Kennedy (2002) – FC Field Guide 001 The identification of soils for forest management (essential, option to be bought on course)
  • Averis (2013) – Plants and habitats (optional)
  • Haufe et al. (2018) – Forest Development Types flashcards and guide (essential, option to be bought on course)
  • Pyatt et al. (2001) – FC Bulletin 124 An Ecological Site Classification in Great Britain (essential, will be provided as PDF)


Will lunch be provided? 

There is a cafe on site at the Eskdalemuir Community Hub, so you are more than welcome to purchase a lunch on site or bring a packed lunch from home. Teas and coffees will be provided and are included in the course cost. 

Is there parking on site? 

Yes, there is ample parking at the community hub and the Boreland Forest site.

Do you provide overnight accommodation? 

We are unable to offer overnight accommodation for delegates attending from out of town, but we are more than happy to make suggestions for places to stay in the area! Don’t hesitate to be in touch.

What prerequisite knowledge is required? 

A basic understanding of forestry practice and/or undergraduate degree or equivalent.

Is there any gear I need to bring? 

Yes, you will need to bring a spade, clipboard or all-weather writer, any training materials (list provided upon registration), and suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

Who teaches the course?

Our Senior Silvicultural Consultant, Dr Jens Haufe.

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