Woodland site types
There are several different ways of categorising native woodlands.
For the purpose of determining woodland grazing management needs, it is useful and simplest to define your woodland areas in terms of woodland site type. We recommend using the following five site types:
- Acidic dry woodland
- Neutral dry woodland
- Base-rich dry woodland
- Acidic wet woodland
- Neutral to base-rich wet woodland
Wood pasture and parkland
Wood pastures and parklands are very open woodlands created by a management history deliberately aimed at keeping them open. They can consist of native and /or non-native tree species. Depending on species composition and density of tree cover, it may or may not be possible to classify them as one of the five native woodland site types. Read more information on wood pasture and parkland habitat types.
Other ways of defining native woodland
Biodiversity Action Plan priority habitats
Plans that form the basis of a Scottish Rural Development Programme grant scheme will need to relate woodland site types to Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) woodland priority habitat types. The woodland classifications comparison table shows the relationship between woodland site types and BAP woodland habitats.
National Vegetation Classification
You may have a National Vegetation Classification (NVC) map of your site. If so, it should be possible to convert NVC woodland communities to woodland site types and BAP woodland types by referring to the woodland classifications comparison table.
For more information on NVC and other woodland classifications, see the National Vegetation Classification field guide to woodland.