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Habitat creation and restoration Woodland

As well as being the ideal habitat for many species of flora, woodlands provide shelter for many other species including invertebrates, birds and mammals, such as bats and dormice.

We have worked on a large number of woodland projects. We have cleared vegetation to improve reptile and invertebrate habitat and have installed dormouse boxes, bat boxes and barn owl boxes on woodland edges.

We have undertaken woodland scalloping for structural diversity, glade creation, ride widening and coppicing, as well as hedge planting to aid connectivity for dormice.

We have also put up dormouse bridges and then carried out a programme of monitoring their usage with specialised cameras

In practice

We recently designed and installed a dormouse bridge on a new housing development in Sussex.

Surveys were carried out on the site and dormice were found to be present in the hedgerows and adjacent woodland.

The dormouse bridge has been created to allow the dormice to move across the gap created by the access road.

The bridge has been constructed using a steel circular mesh tube wrapped in hessian and filled with hay. It is suspended at a height of 4.5 metres to allow emergency vehicles to pass safely underneath.

The dormouse bridge forms a link between the adjacent vegetation, creating a safe connecting route for dormice.

Dormice along with all wildlife, form an intrinsic part of biodiversity. Under current legislation, it is an offence to impair their ability to migrate, or to obstruct their access to any structure or place used for their shelter or protection.

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