Your grazing management map should cover your whole woodland grazing area. An Ordnance Survey map at a scale of 1:10,000 is likely to be an ideal base map for adding your management information. Do not use a map that has a smaller scale (e.g. 1:25,000).

Make sure you include the name of the wood, the date, a key to the information shown, the map scale and an OS grid reference.

Your grazing management map should show:

  • the area of proposed grazing management units. Many woods will be grazed as one unit, in which case this should be noted.
  • the area of proposed internal exclosures, if any.
  • the location of physical constraints such as ravines or existing stock-proof fences, including internal fences.
  • the location of handling facilities, if proposed.
  • the location of stock access points.
  • the location of feeding sites, if supplementary feeding is proposed.
  • the line of new stock-fences, if needed.
  • other operations required to meet biodiversity or cultural heritage objectives, e.g.   areas of proposed bracken spraying or areas of proposed rhododendron control.

This map will form an essential part of your Woodland Grazing Plan. You can view a worked example of a grazing management map.