The Forestry Commission (FC) has a clear commitment to the conservation of biodiversity and this is incorporated in the FC’s policy statements on sustainable forest management:
Each asserts that management should aim to conserve Priority species and that successful application of Forestry Strategy should be measured as progress towards the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP) targets.
The Species (and habitat) Action Plans have been suggested as a source for policies and practices relevant to the management of biodiversity in planted forests in the UK (PDF-1647K). The UKBAP is cited as the “cornerstone” of the Welsh Forestry Strategy. Specific actions are given in the English Forestry Strategy e.g. to target grants to enhance woodlands for the benefit of Priority species.
More recently, the FC have identified the need for guidance on management requirements of woodland SAP species, in their response to a review of the FC’s support of sustainable management of woodlands in England.
In the government’s Scottish biodiversity strategy, delivering actions and outcomes of the UK Species (and habitat) action plans is a primary focus.