In areas with large-scale agriculture and a small proportion of forest land, energy wood plantings are a valuable habitat and a retreat for wildlife and insects. In particular, they offer a full leaf shelter at harvest time on the cereal fields.
A few months after being planted, they already provide a safe nursery for the young stock of small wild game. Here they can find food like insects and wild herbs without having to leave the protective area.
Biologists consider these areas as having a particularly positive contribution to biotope networks. They also serve as natural windbreak zones or even as visual screens and protection from emissions and noise along highways and railroad tracks.