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Services Habitat creation and restoration

When developments result in the destruction of wildlife habitat, planning conditions often require a new area of habitat to be created, particularly if protected species are affected. We create areas that provide habitat for scarce and protected species including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, invertebrates and scarce plants.

We design, create and restore habitats for all ecosystems for private and public sector clients. We discuss the outcomes you need and the best methods of achieving them.

Our habitat creation projects have included: artificial badger setts, water voles ditches, bird and bat boxes, herptile hibernacula, ponds, wetland habitat areas, mixed habitat over extensive areas, grasslands and meadows.

We also carry out countryside management and soft landscaping including tree and shrub planting. We can rely on our colleagues in Thomson Ecology for ecological advice that is up to date and practical.

In practice

We worked with a local borough council to create habitat for badgers on a site in Shoeburyness, Essex. An existing badger sett was to be closed because a coastal flood defence bund which they were using had to be repaired, so alternative habitat had be created.

Under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 it is an offence to interfere with or disturb an occupied sett, so Thomson Habitats was asked to close the sett under licence prior to the works commencing and to encourage the badgers into a new artificial sett nearby.

To close the old badger sett, we:

To create new badger habitat we:

Photographic evidence showed that within just one week badgers were occupying the artificial sett.

Thomson Habitats constructed an artificial sett (covering an area of 1.2 hectares) consisting of 8 nesting chambers