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Action Plan:  Habitats
Woodland
Lowland Wood-pasture and Parkland
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Objectives

  • Maintain the existing important areas of lowland wood-pasture and parkland.
  • Restore degraded areas of lowland wood-pasture and parkland by promoting appropriate management.
  • Increase the amount of lowland wood-pasture and parkland in appropriate areas by expansion.

Policy
  • Ensure any examples of parkland that meet the required criteria are given SBI status. (SBI Grading Committee) 
  • Ensure appropriate parkland sites meeting the SSSI criteria are designated. (NE)
 
 
Protection
  • Lowland wood-pasture and parkland has been listed as a costed Key Habitat in the UK Steering Group report.
  • A number of wood-pasture and parkland sites have been notified as SSSIs.
  • A number of wood-pasture and parkland sites have been classified as Grade 1 SBIs.
  • Species such as bats and some birds, which may utilise old trees, receive protection under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981and the EC Habitats and Species Directive.
  • Felling licences are required for removal of over five cubic metres in any calendar quarter but do not protect against safety felling.  
 
Management, Monitoring, Research and Survey
  • Seek to restore and expand further areas of lowland wood-pasture and parkland in appropriate areas. (FoM, TNF, SWT, LAs, Landowners and Developers)
  • Seek to implement long-term site management plans for appropriate key sites using schemes such as Environmental Stewardship and the National Forest Tender Scheme. (DEFRA, FWAG, TNF)
  • Where feasible, restore appropriate Forest Enterprise plantations back to wood-pasture. (FE)
  • Carry out further survey work on key sites to identify interest and seek site designation. (SWT, SCC, NE)
  • Monitor the creation, restoration and management of this habitat throughout the County. (SWT)
 
Advisory
  • Advise landowners on aspects of parkland and veteran tree management. (SWT)
  • Promote the biodiversity and landscape value of lowland wood-pasture and parkland to the public and landowners. (SBAP Partnership, English Heritage)
 
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