Background and aims
The Scottish Forest Alliance (SFA) partnership has long-term (200-year) objectives to create 14 new native woodland sites across Scotland, 11,000 hectares of new native forests and to manage Scottish forests sustainably for the future. New native-type woodland is being created through new plantings on open ground, facilitation of natural regeneration, and the restructuring of existing conifer plantations. The partnership plans to monitor changes in the avifauna of these new woodlands over the next 100 years via periodic surveys. BTO Scotland carried out baseline sample surveys of breeding birds at 11 sites managed by the SFA partnership in 2007, and repeat surveys are expected every 5-10 years. Concurrent monitoring of changes in vegetation and other taxa (hoverflies and shelled gastropods), and assessments of the activity of other selected animal groups, is also taking place. Co-ordinated by Forest Research on behalf of the SFA, the monitoring information will be used to measure the achievements of the SFA in meeting its targets for biodiversity and to influence and inform woodland management practices and associated grant support systems. The overall integrated project aims to contribute towards the UK targets for forest and woodland biodiversity, the promotion of social and economic gains for local communities and carbon sequestration.
BTO Scotland is carrying out the first repeat survey of breeding bird populations in 2012.
Scottish Forest Alliance (BP, Forestry Commission Scotland, RSPB Scotland, Woodland Trust Scotland)
Staff contacts: John Calladine