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Habitat creation and restoration Grassland and heathland

Meadows contain some of the UK's richest grassland flora; however, some grassland types have declined severely during the 20th century nationwide, and are now rarely found.

We are experienced in grassland management, including enhancing grassland areas to recreate species-rich habitat, including rotavating soil, ploughing and cultivating, flailing and mulching vegetation, hay cutting, brush-harvesting seeds, and sowing seeds, including hydro-seeding.

Heathlands are a threatened habitat, but they are rich in plants and wildlife, including reptiles such as the sand lizard and grass snake, as well as birds and invertebrates.

We are able to help you maintain and manage heathland vegetation, we have experience in translocating scarce plants, and carrying out reptile mitigation works, including reptile fencing, refugia, and building and restoring reptile habitat.

In practice

On a SSSI just south of Birmingham, we worked with our client to enhance MG5 meadow grassland. The area consisted of 21 fields, incorporating meadows, hedges, marshes, open water, woodland and scrub.

Due to the extension of Birmingham Airport, some of the area was to be lost in the development, so the MG5 grassland would need to be reinstated elsewhere.

In order to maintain the grassland we flailed and mulched vegetation on a receptor site, hay-cut areas of the site, rotovated the soil, and sprayed areas of Japanese knotweed. We brush-harvested seeds from elsewhere on the site, which we sowed the following year to recreate the species-rich grassland.

We worked with our client to enhance MG5 meadow grassland