Because ourhabitatmanagement service is run by trained ecologists, you can be assured that all work undertaken will be compliant with wildlife law and that allhabitatsdesigned for wildlife will be managed to their fullest potential.
Run by ecologists
After working on a variety of development projects for a number of years, the ecologists at the Ecology Co-op wanted to create a better service than that provided by general landscapers. This new service would ensure high quality habitat creation and management was implemented by specialists with experience working with native species and who understand the requirements of natural habitats. The focus of theHabitatCo-op is therefore to offer a service that is run by individuals with an understanding of and experience in the requirements of naturalhabitats, particularly those designed as part of a development scheme.
The specialist service provided by the Habitat Co-op is different to that provided by landscaping companies. Whilst the majority of modern landscaped features featuring tightly mown lawns, flower beds and herbaceous borders are created on high fertility growing bases, habitats designed for native planting schemes most often require nutrient poor growing bases. A nutrient-poor growing base is important as this encourages botanical diversity and is further beneficial as it reduces the demand on fertilisers and topsoil importation, which has a negative impact upon the environment.
Conception to completion
The conception to completion service offered by theHabitatCo-op (and its sister companyThe Ecology Co-op) forhabitatcreation can also be extended to cover long-term management. The timing ofhabitatmanagement is important not just to ensure compliance with wildlife law (especially avoidance of the nesting bird season), but also to ensure that the cutting of wildflower meadows, hedgerows and pond management is appropriately timed so that thesehabitatsachieve their full potential. Poor timing ofhabitatmanagement can lead to a deterioration of biodiversity, a reduction in flowering plants (and thus aesthetic value) and could impact upon protected species.
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