E: Using native woodlands data to develop proposals for grant support

You can use the data to help develop proposals for grant support under the SRDP.

  1. Preparing Forest Plans. Support is available for this within Woodland Improvement Grants (see below)
  2. Claims for support for one or more types of action described below:

Sustainable management of forests

This supports the management of existing areas of native woodland and the restoration of native woodland from Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS):

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/farmingrural/SRDP/RuralPriorities/Options/forestsandwoodlands

Woodland Improvement Grant (WIG)

WIG supports a range of activities to improve the environmental value of woodlands. Those most relevant to native woodlands are in bold.

  • long-term forest planning (PDF 160k)
  • reducing deer impact in woodlands
  • improving woodlands, through work related to designated sites or to habitats and species that are priorities under the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy and UKBAP
  • improving even-aged woodland for biodiversity, scenic value and enhancing the ecological stability in the long term by restructuring their age and species composition. This can include planting or natural regeneration with native species to replace non-native species in planted conifer forests. This can count towards UKBAP targets for expansion (eg conversion from 20th century plantations to native woodlands) or for restoration for planted woods on ancient woodland sites (PAWS).
  • improving or restoring associated non-woodland habitats within woodlands, through work related to designated sites and habitats and species that are priorities under the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy and UKBAP.

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/farmingrural/SRDP/RuralPriorities/Options/WoodlandImprovementGran

Creation of new woodlands

Supports the creation of new native woodlands and naturally regenerated native woodlands:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/farmingrural/SRDP/RuralPriorities/Options/WoodlandCreation

Native woodland management plans using NWSS

Areas of existing native woodland identified on NWSS can/should be highlighted in Forest Plans (PDF 160k)

For support under Sustainable Management of Forests, as well as the Forest Plan covering the wood there also needs to be:

  • a map of areas of native woodland and an explanation of the work to be done
  • a brief summary describing the ecological condition of the wood in relation to key attributes, and a summary of how the proposals will help to maintain or improve their condition. The current list of key attributes is:
    • stand structure
    • regeneration
    • herbivore impacts
    • species composition
    • threats and damage (includes invasive non-native shrub/field layer species)