Habitat Restoration & Creation
Before progressing with the design of new habitats, we ﬁrstly investigate opportunities for restoring degraded and remnant habitats of ecological and cultural interest. Adopting a ‘restoration ﬁrst’ policy tends to be the best way of maximising the ecological importance of degraded sites and features. Moreover, it recognises the importance of ‘the spirit of place’, the distinctive ecological and cultural character of particular landscapes that provides people and wider communities with identity.
We are, however, also leading proponents of habitat creation in urban and rural sites recognising that many landscapes (nearly all UK landscapes) are essentially the product of man's interventions. We have enjoyed considerable success in creation of working analogues of valued semi-natural habitats 'from man-made soils upwards'. These include many highly successful and multi-functional biodiverse urban landscapes around the world.