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We are following the current Covid-19 Government advice and continue to work from home, Mansion House is closed for the safety of our staff.

We are not able to monitor all emails, so any general and membership enquiries should be sent to

Our Librarian will not have access to our collections from home, but will be happy to try and locate references available to download from the internet.

The insect identification service is still operating – please make enquiries via the form.

We hope that everyone stays safe and well.

Kirsty Whiteford - Registrar

Forest insects

Next meeting: 2 April 2020, Royal Entomological Society, The Mansion House, St Albans.

Annual Forest Insect Group Meeting

Insects and their allies play a key role in forest ecosystem function, supporting processes such as decomposition and pollination. They are important to the natural control of pest species, whilst also forming the main part of this group. The UK forest estate, at around 12% land cover, is diverse being comprised of both native and non-native tree species ranging from ancient woodland to plantation and with varied management goals. Many UK forests are of conservation value, but low semi-natural forest cover means that highly managed plantations also have a role to play in supporting forest-associated insects and their allies.

The group meet annually to discuss current research and policy specifically related to forest insects, including their management (e.g. pest species) and conservation. The target audience of the group is academics, students, practitioners and other stakeholders. New members are welcome and can contact the convenor, Anne Oxbrough ( for details or to be added to the mailing list. Meetings are usually held in April with an annual e-newsletter produced in October. The group webpage ( ) features PDF downloads of presentations given at annual meetings and member details.

Download annual Newsletter here.

Forest Insects

Sixth Annual Meeting

Thursday 2nd April 2020, 10am - 4pm

Royal Entomological Society HQ, The Mansion House, Chiswell Green Lane St Albans, Al2 3NS


This one-day meeting provides a forum for those interested in the field of forest ecology to discuss current research and policy specifically related to forest insects, including their management (e.g. pest species) and conservation. The target audience is academics, students, practitioners and stakeholders. This meeting will feature a keynote presentation by Jérôme Rousselet a research scientist in forest entomology and population biology at INRA in Orleans, France. Jérôme’s research on pine processionary moth and climate change combines approaches of population genetics, modelling, and field and laboratory experiments. He has interests in the genetic structure of pine processionary moth populations, and more broadly in phylogeography and molecular evolution of forest insects, with a special focus on range expansion processes


09.30     Arrival, registration and refreshments  

10.15     Welcome (Convenor)

10.30     Invited Speaker

11.30     Talks x 6

13:00     Lunch & Posters

14:00     Talks x 6

15:30     Refreshments, discussion and meeting close   

16.00     Depart


Register at:

There is a registration fee of £5 for RES members and £10 for non-members to cover lunch and refreshments. This is payable when you register online. Attendees will meet their own travel and accommodation costs.


Abstracts of no more than 250 words are now being accepted. Please state whether a talk or poster is preferred and should also include author affiliations. Please email these directly to  in a word document including your name in the file name. The deadline for abstract submission is: 9th March 2020.


Dr Anne Oxbrough
Edge Hill University


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