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Protection and Maintenance

5.4Fencing
5.4.1

Requirement

Where appropriate, wildlife management and control shall be used in preference to fencing.

Means of verification

  • Discussion with the owner/manager.

Guidance

This requirement is especially important in areas where Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) and Black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix) are present.

5.4.2

Requirement

Where fences are used, alignment shall be designed to minimise impacts on access (particularly public rights of way), landscape, wildlife and historic environment sites.

Means of verification

All woodlands:

  • Field visits to verify alignments chosen.

SLIM woodlands:

  • Discussions with the owner/manager demonstrate an awareness of impacts of fence alignments and of the alternatives.

Non-SLIM woodlands:

  • Documented policy or guidelines regarding any specific significant impacts; or
  • Expert advice sought for one-off fencing operations.

Guidance

Decisions to erect fences and their alignment should take account of:

  • Landscape
  • Public rights of way
  • Existing users of the woodland
  • Wildlife especially woodland grouse
  • The historic environment.