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Joint advice from Natural England and the Forestry Commission, April 2015

What can we do about “Chalara” ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) on woodland SSSIs? Joint advice from Natural England and the Forestry Commission (April 2015)

Over half of the woodland and wood-pasture SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) in England contain significant amounts of ash. As nationally important areas for the conservation of biological diversity, it is vital that the impact of ash dieback disease on the SSSI ‘features of interest’ is managed to reduce negative effects where this is possible. The woodland SSSIs are only representative of the total amount of woodland biodiversity, and as such, it is likely that this advice will be applicable to protecting biodiversity at a range of other sites with ash. Various suggestions are made in this document, and there is only limited experience of implementing many of these in the UK ash dieback scenario. Therefore it will be important to trial different management strategies, monitor their effectiveness, and continue to share practical experience.

Read the PDF document (available by clicking the link below) to find out the most common questions we are asked by owners, agents and SSSI advisers, as well as advice on:

  • Wider resilience
  • Rates of tree mortality
  • Felling
  • Coppicing and pollarding
  • Replacement
  • Sycamore
  • Deadwood and for further references.

Supporting information