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The Scrub Management Handbook: Guidance on the management of scrub on nature conservation sites


Old (2006) but comprehensive guidance on how to manage scrub for biodiversity. Scrub is viewed from perspectives as diverse as being of value to many wildlife habitats where it is to be encouraged or maintained, through to being reduced or eradicated as it invades on more important vegetation. Profiles of 48 species of shrubs (and trees) are provided covering distribution, status, identification, growth characteristics, palatability to livestock and value to wildlife.


Guidance type/project stage

  • Ecosystem management
  • Ecosystem restoration


  • Shrubland

Challenges addressed

  • Biodiversity

Source | Natural England

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