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Woodland management for birds: Priority species

Management advice

General

  • Target management to key areas.

  • Integrate long-term planning for this species into Forest Design Plans to ensure long-term viability of key habitat attributes, especially requirements for open space of 2–5 ha in size.

  • Limit disturbance through consideration of footpath routes, restricting dogs and reducing impact of operational management.

Increase the extent or improve the quality of nest sites

  • Maintain bare ground and short

vegetation by creating scrapes,

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removing lop and top from felling activities, controlling bracken or other invasive species and through the use of appropriate grazing regimes.

  • Retain scattered trees as song posts

when creating new open space.

Increase the extent or improve the quality of foraging habitat

  • Maintain bare ground and short vegetation by creating scrapes, removing lop and top from felling activities, controlling bracken or other invasive species and through the use of appropriate grazing regimes.

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