The influence of wind on forestry in Ireland.

  • Áine Ní Dhubháin Forestry Section, Department of Crop Science, Horticulture and Forestry, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4.
Keywords: Windblow, windsnap, afforestation.


Wind is the major abiotic factor influencing Irish forestry. The most obvious manifestations of the impact of wind are windblow and windsnap. Every year, an average of 85,000 m³ of timber are blown over. Wind can influence trees in other ways. It can alter some physiological processes within the tree, and contribute to the formation of reaction wood. Not all impacts of wind upon trees are harmful. Air movement plays a vital role in the reproductive process of many species, spreading seed and pollen. This paper outlines the influence of wind upon forestry in Ireland. It also attempts to predict the future impacts of wind in light of both probable climate change and changes in afforestation trends and practices.
How to Cite
Dhubháin, Áine N. (1998) “The influence of wind on forestry in Ireland.”, Irish Forestry. Available at: (Accessed: 29May2024).
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