Woodland management for birds: Priority species
development of denser shrub and field layers, reducing suitability for nesting and foraging habitats.
Any threat to the availability of open habitat, eg clearfells could impact on this species.
Create or maintain the continuity of open ground of 1–5 ha within woodland, through the retention of suitable open ground. Ensure any clear- felling programme provides for this.
Retain a few isolated trees to provide song posts.
Increase the extent or improve the quality of nest sites
Create an open field and shrub layer through the control of grazing to produce a vegetation structure suitable for nest site location.
Increase the extent or improve the quality of foraging habitat
Provide glades and clearings through felling, ride-management or coppicing to improve foraging areas.
Create an open field and shrub layer through the control of grazing to allow access to the ground and low vegetation for foraging.