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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.

Management advice

General

  • 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.

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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.

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