Habitat creation and restoration forms an important part of many of the schemes we are involved in, from smaller projects including the creation of wildlife friendly gardens to large scale projects including the restoration of former aggregate sites. Habitat restoration and creation projects that we have recently been involved with include Blackstone Fields restoration, where we undertook a detailed feasibility study and 10 year management plan aimed at restoring a large expanse of arable land to heathland for Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. We were also involved with the creation of a wetland, comprising a series of overflow pools, which was undertaken for the Worcester Rugby Club following the redirection of a brook.
In conjunction with our ecological surveys, we can prepare a management plan, which prescribes how to manage your site for the long-term benefit of wildlife and at the same time integrating recreational activities, industry and farming where appropriate. Over the years we have provided management plans for sites ranging from nationally important nature reserves to landscaped recreational areas in association with developments. This can take the form of:
This is a good time to carry out nut searches for signs of dormice. Late September is also the end of the reptile season and bat survey seasons. We start compiling the majority of European Protected Species licence (EPSL) applications from this time onwards.
Please refer to our survey timetable for further information on surveys that can be undertaken this season.
Photo Credits: WWC