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Action Plan: Habitats
UK Lead Organisation:
- Maintain the existing areas wet woodland where other key habitats would not be compromised.
- Restore degraded areas of wet woodland by promoting appropriate management.
- Re-create, or promote the natural regeneration of wet 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 wet 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)
- Wet woodland has been listed as a costed Key Habitat in the UK Steering Group report.
- A number of appropriate wet woodland sites have been notified as SSSIs.
Most known remaining good examples of wet woodland sites have been classified as Grade 1 SBIs.
Residual alluvial alder woodland is listed as a priority habitat in the EC Habitats Directive.
Broadleaved semi-natural woodland is protected under the felling licence system.
Wet woodland restoration / creation is targeted in various LEAPs that operate within the County.
Management, Monitoring, Research and Survey
- Seek to restore and create further areas of wet woodland in appropriate areas in line with current guidelines. Creation of such woodland would take place on land of low conservation value. (FC, FE, LAs, NE, EA, FoM, TNF, Developers and Landowners)
- Seek to ensure that no inappropriate management e.g. drainage or heavy grazing, occurs in wet woodland. (EA, FC)
Seek to raise the water table in wet woods that have suffered from drying due to drainage and ground water abstraction. (EA)
Seek to promote the natural regeneration on land of little conservation value by fencing areas to stop grazing pressures. (SBAP Partnership)
Prior to approval of a WGS or Felling Licence, ensure that a suitable management plan for appropriate wet 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)
Environmental Stewardship provides grant aid for the establishment of willow and alder carr.