The biodiversity of wild land should be as close as possible to a ‘natural ecosystem’ that has evolved primarily through the influence of the soils and the climate. Native habitats are the fabric of natural ecosystems. To achieve wild land ecosystem health the full range of habitat – from the mountain tops to glen or valley floor – should be present and self-sustaining.
In many cases, woodlands – including montane scrub, riparian woodland and native woodland – are the missing components of wild land ecosystems due to years of burning and overgrazing by deer and sheep. Consequently, woodland management is often a key component of biodiversity management.
Standards 8-12 relate to the management of biodiversity and woodland