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What is the impact of CS woodland improvement option WD2? - LM04115

Woodland Improvement (WD2) is the 5th most frequently implemented option under CS (and is included in 250-300 agreements annually), and therefore has significant scheme spend associated with it's use. However, there is currently no evidence around the impact of the option. This project will identify what impact WD2 has on the biodiversity priorities of the scheme e.g. SSSI condition, PAWS restoration, woodland birds/wider species. It will do this through field survey of selected species and habitats. The project will run over 2 years. Phase 1 will make pre-survey arrangements in 20/21, and Phase 2 will carry out the field survey work in 21/22. Early season survey work will be required, therefore there is not sufficient time to do the preparation and survey work within one financial year. Evidence from this project could also potentially inform woodland biodiversity objectives and approaches.
Aims and Project Objectives:
• To provide an assessment of woodland habitat improvement resulting from management under WD2.
• To evaluate the response of woodland species to large-scale habitat management implemented through WD2 in lowland and upland woodlands.
• To explain how any observed effects on priority species populations, trends and communities relate to woodland characteristics, thus providing an evidence base to inform future woodland management activities for increasing biodiversity and contributing to climate change mitigation.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2020

To: 2022

Cost: £329,100
Contractor / Funded Organisations
British Trust For Ornithology (BTO)
Environmental Stewardship              
Farm Management              
Farm Woodlands              
Natural Environment - Ecosystem services              
Plant health