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Aves, 21/1 | 1984 | 13-23

  Forest management and bird populations in Britain : a summary.
Fuller, R.

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The forest bird population in Great Britain is less varied than that of the continent, and this difference is more pronounced in the north and west. This is no doubt due to Britain's insularity and to the fact that Great Britain is one of the least wooded countries in western Europe (9 % of the land surface) and has few extensive broad-leaved forests. In contrast there are a large number of trees in the countryside outside woodlands which support typical woodland bird species. Some examples are given of surveys on the influence of forest management on birds. Afforestation of healthland, sand dunes and downland (essentially with conifers) has naturally resulted in profound modifications of bird population. The different methods of broad-leaved woodland management have also had very important effects on bird population : thus it has been found that woods managed as active coppice with standards have richer bird communities than heavily grazed wood pastures or mature abandoned coppices.