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Conservation and enhancement of biodiversity

6.4Game management
6.4.1

Requirement

Hunting, game rearing and shooting and fishing shall be carried out in accordance with conditions, where they are in force, and the recommendations and codes of practice produced by relevant associations.

Means of verification

All woodlands:

  • Relevant permissions and leases
  • Discussions with the owner/manager/responsible person demonstrate awareness of the law and good practice
  • Discussions with interested parties
  • Field observation.

Non-SLIM woodlands:

  • A written guideline or policy.
6.4.2

Requirement

Shooting of native game and quarry species, excluding deer, shall be at a level which does not threaten the viability of the local population of the species (see section 5.1.5 in relation to deer).

Means of verification

  • List of species hunted or shot and the number of animals killed
  • Evidence that the owner or manager has considered impacts on game species’ populations
  • No evidence that local bans have been contravened.

Guidance

Species which currently have local or regional restrictions on shooting include Black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix).

Check against relevant UK Biodiversity Action Plan Habitat Action Plans (HAPs) or Species Action Plans (SAPs).

6.4.3

Requirement

Game management shall not be sufficiently intense to cause long-term or widespread negative impacts on the woodland ecosystem.

Means of verification

  • Management planning documentation and specific game management plans
  • Field inspection.

Guidance

Feeding and rearing areas should be located in areas where there will be low impact on ground flora.

Predator control should be:

  • Carefully planned
  • Species-specific
  • Only carried out where strictly necessary
  • Carried out with minimal suffering
  • Reducing rather than eradicating natural predator populations
  • Carried out without the use of snares within Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) woodlands.