Guidance to Forest Managers preparing Forest Plans within the Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands SAC/SPA
This document provides information on the preparation of forest plans within the Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands SAC/SPA.
Some of the SSSIs which comprise the Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands Natura sites are in unfavourable condition. Recent research has recognised that conifer plantations and specifically their edges are, in places, deemed to be having a detrimental effect both on blanket bog (SAC) and some breeding waders (SPA). When preparing forest plans or felling licences it is necessary to address these edge effects.