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Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carr.) forests as a habitat for birds and mammals

  • Brian W. Staines (a1), S. J. Petty (a2) and Philip R. Ratcliffe (a3)

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Sitka spruce comprises the largest single forest type in Britain and provides a vast habitat for wildlife. However, many improvements are still possible. No species of bird or mammal occurs equally throughout a conifer rotation, their distribution being affected by both the temporal and spatial dynamics of plantations. We suggest a number of practical improvements, including the modifications to felling-coup size and the incorporation of other tree and shrub species, to increase the diversity and abundance of wildlife in Sitka spruce forests without seriously affecting the forest enterprise.

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