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How to manage and assess

-Natural regeneration
-Assessing for biodiversity
-Managing open areas
-Encouraging species



-Opens up areas to allow light in
-Remove non native species, dying or damaged trees


Natural regeneration

Allow regeneration of natural AW species


Assessing biodiversity

-The woodland biodiversity group and forest research have developed the woodland condition survey to help woodland managers in England rapidly assess the ecological condition of their woodland
-This involves a walk through survey of the whole woodland collecting information from temporary survey plots of a 10 metre radius at fixed stopping points
- the information collected can be compared directly against the favorable condition threshold for woodland condition and biodiversity indicators available online



-Leaving deadwood or dying trees either standing (if there is no risk of falling) or on the woodland floor can provide a good source of food for many types of fauna, fungus, lichen and moss
-It can also be an important habitat for bats, woodpeckers and many invertebrates (e.g beetles)



-Replanting more native species can improve biodiversity and encourage more species into the woodland


Manage open areas

RIDES = linear trackway (such as a path) designated for access
- Where possible, these should be managed so they run east to west, to receive the optimum amount of sunlight helping flowering plants, insects and reptiles
-Wind direction should also be considered as creating a wind tunnel could cause damage to trees over time

GLADES = openings within a woodland (e.g a recently coppiced area)
-Allows wild flowers and insects to flourish due to exposure to light and heat
-Even better when fringed with trees to provide some shelter
-All grass should be removed when managing to reduce nutrient enrichment
SCALLOPS = semi-circle or D-shaped area along the edge of ride or path that has been cleared of trees, allowing scrubs and grasses to grow
-Best placed on south facing woodland


Encouraging species

-Avoid undertaking any works during nesting and breeding season
-Install bat, bird and bug boxes