With the site lying adjacent to an existing woodland, and partially overlapping a relict heathland, a context-sensitive planting scheme was essential.
Our expertise in rewilding enabled us to select native trees, shrubs, climbing plants and wildflowers which would thrive, boosting biodiversity. Indeed, even trained ecologists could now mistake certain planted areas for naturally-regenerated growth.
In just one recent visit, our team found Nightjar (Amber list bird species), Grass Snake, Slow Worm, many Wood Ant nests, 100s of bees, butterflies, dragonflies and newly-emerged frogs scattering across the wildflower meadow. This animal diversity reflects the diversity of plant species which have been introduced to the site.
Our approach to this project may be described as ‘active rewilding’ – this is distinct from ‘passive rewilding’ which is ‘leaving land to recover by itself’.
Active rewilding, in contrast, focuses on a big initial intervention, to correct the course of natural processes and guide them towards a more balanced end state. E.g. we didn’t leave a few weeds to take over the whole site – rather, we intervened, seeding wildflowers and Yellow Rattle to reduce the vigour of grasses. At the end of this initial period, human inputs were significantly reduced but biodiversity continued to climb as the ecosystem started to heal itself.
By selecting the right species of plant, putting them in the right place and making targeted interventions like cutting bracken or putting in deer fencing, we set the ecosystem on the right trajectory. This delivers results quickly, as demonstrated at Clay’s Lake.
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