Habitat Design

What is Habitat Design?

It is often necessary to create new habitat as part of a development - this might be to provide enhancement, to replace habitats lost during construction, or support a particular protected or priority species such as great crested newts or grizzled skipper butterflies.

Expert knowledge is required to ensure that the habitat creation measures are effective and appropriate. This begins with an understanding of the habitats you are trying to create, or the species you are trying to support. Key to good design is understanding how the local conditions will affect habitat development; factors such as geology, hydrology, aspect and land form can all be key in securing the success, or othewise, of your scheme. Experience of habitat creation and management techniques is also essential if your design is to be implemented as intended.

A good habitat design will be efficient in terms of costs and resources; detailed in terms of specification and proposals; effective at providing the ecological function you seek; and specific to its context both within the site and within the local landscape. Often it is necessary for the habitat to provide an aesthetic function as part of soft landscaping for a new development, and this will help to steer the appropriate habitat design for you.

 

How can LSC help?

The team at LSC have been widely involved in the design of habitats to support developments. This ranges from soft landscaping schemes with ecological value for foraging birds; through to multi-species enhancement areas for newts, reptiles and rare invertebrates.

We will draw on our extensive experience to design the optimal habitat provision for your site, working with the space and constraints you have.

For habitat design services targeted for specific species, click through the links to individual groups below!

 An extract from one of our Landscape Diagrams of a specifically designed GCN breeding pond, complete with a range of aquatic planting designed to support egg-laying opportunities for newts

An extract from one of our Landscape Diagrams of a specifically designed GCN breeding pond, complete with a range of aquatic planting designed to support egg-laying opportunities for newts


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