Ecological Site Classification

The Ecological Site Classification (ESC) is Forest Research’s online mapping tool to help people select tree species that are ecologically suitable to a site’s soil characteristics. Search by grid reference or click on a location on the map to get information. The system factors in likely climatic changes so recommended tree species should survive warmer temperatures, drier summer conditions and wetter winter conditions than today.

The image below shows an example location in East Devon.

Map showing the soil characteristics in East Devon