An ecological survey is frequently only the start of a process, and will often identify a series of measures necessary to protect the conservation value of a site. Our practical contracting experience means that we can offer both services from one organisation, ensuring continuity and easier project management.
Enviroparks (Wales) Ltd are a client in South Wales, who are installing a sustainable waste resource recovery and energy production park near Aberdare. We have undertaken several reptile fencing contracts for them, as the site development has evolved, and this has also included standard agricultural stock fencing. Reptile fencing is commonly required to prevent reptiles from adjacent habitats straying into the proposed building site. Plastic roll, or corrugated sheets, are buried several inches into the ground, in order to prevent reptiles from burrowing underneath. At Hirwaun a healthy population of slow-worms has been safeguarded along with numerous frogs and toads.
In 2016 we reseeded some bunds and open areas of former grassland, using seed material sourced on site. This work used a Reform Mounty tractor, grass flail and flail collector system, to gather a hay crop at the optimum time of year for collecting seed. Two years later the grassland had established well, with a wide range of wild flowers and grass species present.
Fencing in various forms is an essential ecological mitigation tool, preventing wild animals entering a site, and also ensuring construction machinery is kept out of sensitive areas. Careful planning to prevent damage in the first place is the best practice. Reinstatement, or creation of new habitats, are important, but take much longer to be fully effective.