Woodland grazing toolbox

Woodland grazing toolbox

4.3.1 Historical features and woodland grazing

Many woods, especially ancient woodland, are likely to contain unrecorded features. Examples may include old dykes, particularly enclosure dykes, charcoal hearths or evidence of abandoned rig and furrow.

Identifying archaeological sites in woodlands

Typically archaeological features within woodlands are fairly robust, yet it would be possible to damage them through an inappropriate grazing regime or from associated operations such as fence erection. To avoid damage, you will need to be aware of their existence.

For a guide to identifying archaeological sites in woodlands, see Identifying the Historic Environment in Scotland’s Forests and Woodlands.