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Woodland managers

When you manage woodland or forest, be aware that many protected species use such habitats – both coniferous and deciduous.

Suitable species surveys should be carried out to identify which protected species are using your woodland. You can then work out how you might avoid disturbing them or harming their breeding sites.

Scottish woodlands may contain protected species such as:

We’ve produced joint guidance with Forestry Commission Scotland on European protected species that may be found in Scottish woodlands. You should carry out a survey for these species before applying for a felling licence from Forestry Commission Scotland.

Joint guidance on European protected species

Find out more about protected species.

Learn about the legal framework for statutory protection.