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The new wall is already providing a habitat for Adders who are readily exploring the crevices and cavities within it. Badger gates are being incorporated into the wall to maintain established access routes across the wall line for the Badgers while excluding rabbits from the farm land. Being stock-proof, the restored wall will allow the proposed introduction of Dexter cattle onto the SSSI to aid its management by controlling scrub development and disturbing the ground in such a way as to provide ideal conditions for plant species colonisation, establishment and diversity maintenance.
The relocation of slow worms from a development area involved working together with project ecologists to create new habitats on an adjacent area of waste land. Hibernaculas and dew ponds were built in secluded areas, areas of invasive scrub were cleared and seeded with suitable grassland species. We were also involved in grass cutting regimes to aid the collection of the slow worms.
Erection of 180 linear metres of amphibian fence prior to migration in Spring, in preparation for a new development. Frogs, newts and toads can only pass one way over the fence, leaving the development area. We also undertook screen planting around a badger set.
Otter Habitat Creation, Windrush Valley, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire
Client: Environment Agency
Consultant: SGS Environment Ltd
In order to encourage the return of the otter to the River Windrush valley a series of suitable areas were planted with native scrub and fenced to protect them from adjacent farmland. The areas were maintained for a three year period and monitored for otters by the Environment Agency.
North Swindon Relief Road
Client: North Swindon Development Company
Consultants: Nicholas Pearson Associates Ltd
Due to the sensitive location of this development it was necessary to work in close liaison with the project Ecologists and Landscape Architects. The work included grass cutting to aid the control of lizard populations, hedge flailing, localised hedge and tree removal and pollarding.