Creating new habitat and planting is often part of planning requirements and also of the development process. Creation and restoration projects are often complex, as they can be expected to discharge a number of planning requirements. Multi-purpose, they may be expected to provide improved biodiversity, public access to green spaces, and also to cater for the needs of several different species, as well as conserving existing ecosystems.
Knighton deliver both large and small scale habitat creation projects right across the UK. Schemes we have delivered include:
Knighton Countryside have extensive experience in developing, planting and managing woodland schemes. We can have as much or as little input as you need into the planning stage, and are equally happy to follow your specifications or to assist you in planning the project.
We have planted thousands of miles of hedgerows over the years, and can also offer maintenance services should you need them.
Heathland and Scrub
We have carried out heathland clearance and restoration right across the South of England. We have the ability to establish new grassland, whether this is by laying turf, sowing new amenity grass or creating wildflower meadows and grasslands for solar farms.
Creating or restoring habitats often requires improvements to water sources or creation of new wet land environments. Knighton’s capabilities include pond creation, river bank stabilisation, pond clearing and planting,
In terms of larger projects, we can create and manage lakes as well as ponds, and work with you to develop reedbeds, marshy grasslands and other wetland habitats. Depending on your location in the country, we can create and manage rhynes, dykes, ditches, culverts, cuts, sewers or drains! The bewildering variety of locally used names for drainage systems indicates the breadth and longevity of these methods throughout Britain, from the East Anglian fen country to the Southern and West Country marshlands and levels.
Access Improvement Works: Fencing, Paths and Gates
Knighton Countryside have created miles of footpaths, including mulched tracks, boardwalks, and footbridges. Our extensive range of equipment, such as stump grinders and excavators, and our highly qualified staff, give us the capability to create and improve access points with ease. We can use a variety of fencing methods and are familiar with installing pedestrian gates and stiles.
Species Habitat Creation
Many protected species have very particular habitat requirements. Once we understand the focus of a particular creation or restoration project, it is relatively straightforward to ensure that any landscaping work carried out maximises opportunities. Careful planning of ponds and ditches can provide enhanced habitats for water voles, amphibians such as newts and toads, otters, and aquatic invertebrates. Hedges can be planted using species that will provide homes for dormice, and can serve a dual purpose as bat corridors. New woodland offers nesting places for birds.
A really good example of the way different parts of a project can complement each other is as follows. As part of a clearance and restoration project, we felled some oak trees on a woodland site. Using our mobile saw mill, the wood was milled into timbers, which were then used to create a new badger sett for an existing population of badgers.