Conservation and Creation of Habitats
Forests and woodlands, and the land around them, provide important habitats for a wide range of wildlife including mammals, birds, reptiles, and many rare flora. Indeed, several of the species listed as European Protected Species in the Conservation of Habitats & Species Regulations 2010 are found in woodland. These include all 17 species of bats as well as dormice, the smooth snake, great crested newt, otter and others. Please refer to ‘European Protected Species in Woodlands a Field Guide’ (Forestry Commission).
Fountains Forestry is experienced in the management and protection of wildlife, are conversant and comply with The Wildlife & Countryside Protection Act 1981, as well as good practice in relation to managing woodland without disturbance to badgers, eagles etc. We work closely with government bodies such as Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage, to ensure that the woodlands we manage are protected from damage and wildlife populations are effectively protected.
Fountains Forestry’s forest managers are experienced in maintaining and enhancing environmentally sensitive and historically important sites. We are continually working to enhance, maintain and improve, within our client’s woodlands:
- Historical landscapes and ancient monuments
- Biological diversity
- Habitats for flora and fauna, particularly birds and mammals
Fountains Forestry is used to carrying out forestry management within all types of environmental designation. We manage many forests within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty(AONB), and within, or adjacent to,Sites of Special Scientific Interest(SSSI). Throughout the UK, we also manage land within National Parks, working with statutory environmental bodies and local organisations. As part of normal operational control, wildlife is protected and disturbance managed through statutory license procedures e.g. bats, badgers, and birds of prey.
Creation of habitats
Fountains Forestry has considerable experience in the creation and enhancement of habitats for rare species such as the Pearl-bordered Fritillary in the south of England to red squirrels and Black Cock Grouse in the Highlands. In the summer months, forest rangers liaise with wildlife groups to prevent disturbance to sensitive species of ground nesting birds by forest operations. Close liaison is maintained between the rangers and specialist ornithologists with regard to raptors. Birds such as White Tailed Eagles, Merlin, Hen Harrier, Goshawk and Peregrine Falcon all nest and hunt within the woodlands we manage.
As part of its forest management service to clients, Fountains Forestry can also provide ecological surveys, including Phase One and Phase Two Habitat Surveys (as defined by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee) and environmental auditing.