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Enhancing/modifying a stock fence (in black grouse and capercaillie core areas)

This item is available when you are erecting a new stock fence or when you are modifying an existing stock fence in Black Grouse and Capercaillie core areas. This item includes fence visibility marking materials, including droppers and woodwork.

When modifying an existing fence, you must ensure that the fence line is capable of taking the extra strain, has an appropriate top wire and has struts in appropriate positions. All fencing woodwork should be treated.

You can find further details on the specifications, including diagrams, in the Forestry Commission Research Technical Guide: Forest Fencing (2006) at: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/PDF/fctg002.pdf/$FILE/fctg002.pdf

The core areas reflect the known Scottish distribution of Capercaillie and Black Grouse. These areas are defined and updated by RSPB and maps are available from Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and RSPB.

Your local Capercaillie/Black Grouse project officer, in conjunction with the RSPB, can provide advice on the siting of fences to reduce potential problems.