Woodland grazing toolbox

Woodland grazing toolbox

2. General description of woodland

Briefly describe your woodland. Include:

  1. Location, county, nearest town or major geographical feature.
  2. Area, in hectares.
  3. Altitudinal range.
  4. Physical attributes: climate, geology and soil types (there is no need to go into great detail here).
  5. Conservation designations. To find out whether your woodland has any conservation designations, go to the Forestry Commission Scotland Land Information Search or to the Scottish Natural Heritage Sitelink website. Designated sites include: Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Area (SPA), Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), National Park, National Scenic Area (NSA). If your wood includes a designated site, the SNH Sitelink website can provide more information.
  6. Archaeology. For information on recorded monuments, including Scheduled Ancient Monuments, go to the National Monuments of Scotland website. For guidance on features that may not be in the monuments record see historical features and woodland grazing.

Using information from an existing survey or management plan

If you have a woodland condition survey or management plan, you will already have much of this information. Relevant information can be transferred to your grazing management plan. See information on carrying out woodland surveys and writing woodland management plans.