Monitoring the impact of the English Woodland Grant Scheme
Woodland Improvement Grants exist to improve habitat in woodlands. Currently there are several grant scheme targeted at improvements for woodland birds. Assessing the effectiveness of these grants is essential to demonstrate good practise, good value for money and where necessary making improvements to the schemes. Baseline monitoring before management, followed by repeat surveys at 3-5 year intervals will allow us to measure the bird response to the grants.
- To set up baseline monitoring of woods in the grant scheme before any management takes place.
- To pair woods in the grant scheme with similar woods with no current plans for management. This will allowed the impact of the grant on bird populations to be assessed.
- To assess habitat in woodlands to be managed under the targeted grant.
- To conduct periodic repeat surveys to assess changes in bird populations and habitat associated with habitat management carried out under the grant.
Key dates so far
- Woodland birds and vegetation structure were recorded in woods from three areas, 2010 - Sherwood forest, 2011 - Peak District, 2012 - Rutland and Rockingham Forest.
- Surveys included Common Birds Census territory mapping, point counts and special surveys for woodcock, nightjar, willow tit and lesser spotted woodpecker.
- Report of baseline bird populations prior to habitat management produced for Forestry Commission.
Work planned or underway
All baseline surveys complete. Resurveys due to start 5 years after management.
Who to contact
Senior Conservation Scientist
PartnersForestry Commission England
FundingForestry Commission England