Restoration ecology


Connectivity between habitats is essential for the survival of species in fragmented landscapes. Barriers and fragmentation result in habitats, plants and animals becoming isolated and more vulnerable to other pressures. Fortunately, Waardenburg Ecology's ecologists and ecological landscape designers have knowledge on the most effective ways to re-connect fragmented areas.

Throughout many areas 'nature recovery networks' aim to create wildlife-rich systems through connecting core areas with ecological corridors. These corridors provide a larger habitat for species as well as linking habitats. As a result, our wildlife is more resistant to other pressures. Locally, smaller wildlife crossings, such as amphibian tunnels and wildlife bridges, provide a connection between areas when they are intersected by a highway or trainlines.

Design and monitoring

Our ecologists advise on increasing connectivity and monitor wildlife crossings. Our ecological landscape designers consider the requirements for corridors and crossings and ensure this fits within the existing landscape. A good design for an ecological corridor also considers landscape, cultural-historical and geological values and possibilities for other functions, such as recreation, green spaces and water management.

Wildlife corridors and crossings

We create sketches during the consultation phase to ensure that the planned elements are carefully integrated into the landscape and requirements of stakeholders. The design is shown as 3D visualisations and we develop a detailed final design showing corridors and crossings and to clarify our advice.