Monitoring and surveys

Wildlife-friendly riverbanks

A wildlife-friendly riverbank generally provides a gradual transition from water to land. These edges are indispensable for many organisms. In the past, many riverbanks were designed for human use, being steep and made of material foreign to the area. Currently, many riverbanks are being transformed into a more natural form. Our ecologists design, monitor and share knowledge about wildlife-friendly riverbanks.

Wildlife-friendly riverbanks receive a lot of attention in the Netherlands. These riparian zones are not only found along large waters, but also along smaller waters and in urban areas. We carry out projects along major rivers, canals, urban waterways and even in the large ports.

Water Framework Directive

The installation of wildlife-friendly riverbanks is widely used to improve ecological water quality under the European Water Framework Directive (WFD). More natural riverbanks also contribute to the restoration of habitats for a large number of plants and animal species. They form important corridors and stepping stones for the migration of animals. Developing these riverbanks therefore contributes to the resilience of ecosystems.

Wildlife-friendly design

We are heavily involved in advising on, and developing ideas around, wildlife-friendly designs (also called wildlife-inclusive designs), including setting up and implementing monitoring and education about wildlife-friendly riverbanks. Even where there is limited space, we come up with solutions that still improve the environment for wildlife. Waardenburg Ecology is closely involved in the development, construction and monitoring of various underwater structures, including old wood in rivers, underwater 'forests' for fish, aquatic plants and reef structures. We have also developed 'the living quay', specifically for use in urban waterways.