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Action Plan:  Habitats
Native Woodland
UK Lead Organisation:

County Lead Organisation:
  • Maintain existing areas of important native woodland.
  • Restore degraded areas of important native woodland by promoting appropriate management.
  • Re-create, or promote the natural regeneration of native woodland in areas traditionally occupied by this habitat, and not currently supporting vegetation of greater importance, in order to expand and link the existing resource. 

  • Ensure any examples of native woodland of high enough quality are given SBI status. (SBI Grading Committee) 
  • Ensure appropriate lowland broadleaved woodland sites meeting the SSSI criteria are designated. (NE)
  • Identify prime areas for the restoration and planting of native woodlands within the County through a partnership approach. (FC, SCC, NE, SWT)
  • Some sites have statutory protection through SSSI designation.
  • Most known remaining good examples of woodland have been designated Grade 1 SBIs.
  • The Forestry Commission exercises control in respect of tree felling under the 1967 Forest Act.
  • There is a national policy in place to protect ancient semi-natural woodland.
  • Some woodland is protected by tree preservation orders administered by Local Authorities.
Management, Monitoring, Research and Survey
  • Seek to restore and create further areas of native woodland in appropriate areas. Creation of such woodland would take place on land of low conservation value. (FC, FE, LAs, FoM, TNF, Developers and Landowners)
  • Seek to restore and create further areas of woodland featured as UK HAPs (Upland Oak and Upland Mixed Ash) in appropriate areas in line with current guidelines. (FC, NE)
  • Prior to approval of a WGS or Felling Licence, ensure that a suitable management plan for appropriate native woodlands is in place that seeks to maintain the nature conservation interest. (FC)
  • Seek to promote the uptake of the Native Woodland Management Plan Pilot Scheme to woods with known nature conservation interest, targeting landowners of SBIs. (SCC, FC, SWT)
  • Promote the biodiversity and landscape value of lowland broadleaved woodland to the public and landowners. (SBAP Partnership, TNF, FoM, FC)
  • Seek to ensure that all landowners are aware of any management grants that may be available for woodland. (FC, FoM, TNF)
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