Only on woodland, wood pasture, scrub, heathland, and moorland or grassland restoration to protect regeneration of woody species from deer browsing.
How this item will benefit the environment
It will protect areas of woodland that are approximately 16 square metres in size from deer browsing. This will allow monitoring of the area’s regeneration potential and the impact of browsing.
Agreement holders are likely to need to:
erect a deer exclosure plot that is at least 1.8m high by 4m by 4m
make sure the fence meets the specifications set out in the Forestry Commission’s technical guide, Forest Fencing but with no gates
make sure the fence is inspected at least once a year
maintain the fence so that deer cannot enter the site for the length of the agreement
make sure that stakes are large enough to support the exclosure plot for the length of the agreement
replace any stakes or fencing materials that become damaged during the term of the agreement
clear debris from the line of the fence
make the line of the fence smooth enough that the bottom of the fence sits with the ground (there must be no gaps that deer can get through)
What the management plan needs to include
The management plan needs to identify that deer are present on the site and are a threat to it.
cut any vegetation inside the plot
Agreement holders are likely to need to keep the following records and supply them on request:
any consents or permissions connected with the work
receipted invoices, or bank statements where a receipted invoice is unavailable
please see the record keeping and inspection requirements as set out in the Higher Tier manual for more detail
Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them with the claim:
photographs of the completed work
Applicants will need to send the following with their application:
Forestry Commission Management Plan approval letter if required
The detailed requirements for this item will be tailored to the Higher Tier site. Higher Tier applicants should discuss and agree these requirements with their adviser.
Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this item
The following section gives advice on carrying out this item successfully but does not form part of the requirements for this item.
How to choose a site
Choose a site within the woodland where it is reasonable to expect the regeneration of trees, shrubs and flowers to take place, but where this is not currently happening. The area should receive enough light for regeneration to occur.