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Managing Woodlands for Biodiversity (7)

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  • Most woodlands will benefit from management.
  • Management alters a habitat.  From a human perspective these differences may be subtle but their effect on wildlife can be considerable. In principal, the more habitats there are, the greater the biodiversity.
  • As a woodland ages, the habitats within it will change. As a consequence, the practical work in the woodland will also need to be altered to reflect this.
  • Management costs time and money. Management will be constrained by what can be achieved within these limits.
  • Woodlands vary and may therefore have different priorities and management.
  • A particular management regime may take time to achieve its objectives - habitats cannot be instantly created. However, large changes which affect the whole of the woodland are to be avoided.  It is always better to apply management to a section at a time, rather than applying it to the whole of an area. This allows the effect of the management to be monitored, as well as leaving areas undisturbed which can act as species reservoirs.


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