Small mammals can be found in SRC, SRF and Miscanthus plantations
Research has shown that energy crops are popular with mammalian species. A minimum of ten species have been observed in SRC plantations, including:
Many small mammal species are highly threatened – voles and bats particularly. Energy crop plantations have been shown to provide beneficial habitats for mammals such as these, which in turn, provide food for owls. As with birdlife, the best way of promoting mammal biodiversity is to continue with development of hedgerows and margins around energy crops.