A woodland survey is undertaken to assess certain aspects of that woodland. It assesses which types of woody vegetation (trees and shrubs) are present on site. It assesses the soil type, efficiency of drainage, site topography, flora and fauna etc. All these factors are brought together to present a written picture of that woodland. It may identify problems within the woodland. For example it may identify excessive damage to the trees caused by mammals (grey squirrels, deer etc). It may identify the presence of trees which may be considered undesirable e.g. Turkey Oak or other non-native trees such as sycamore. After consultation with the owners of the woodland, a management plan may be appropriate.
Woodland Management Plan
A management plan will firstly identify your requirements. These may be to maximise timber production, or to encourage more wildlife into the woodland, or maybe to try to encourage greater public usage. The plan will then make recommendations of measures to be undertaken in order to achieve those aims. This plan will be spread typically over five or ten years, but may be spread over a hundred years. Individual requirement will determine plan duration.