Restoration ecology

The living quay

Artificial walls along quays and canals provide few opportinities for wildlife. The 'living quay' recreates a natural transitional zone, resulting in improved water quality and a haven for wildlife. This innovative structure, developed by Waardenburg Ecology, offers fantastic opportunities for improving the underwater environment by increasing biodiversity in urban waterways.

Transitional zones between land and water are important for wildlife. In urban environments, the straight walls of quays and canals result in a hard transition between aquatic and terrestrial habitats. As a result, aquatic and riparian plants lack a place to grow and aquatic animals lack an essential habitat. Re-creating this transitional zone ensures a healthy, natural balance, and helps maintain water quality as well as protecting against blooms of blue-green algae.

Green Guts

We developed the 'living quay' concept and a have registered this under the name Green Guts. This innovative structure creates a more natural gradient between water and land by providing places for waterplants at various depths below the water surface. It has open spaces that are accessible to fish, and ultimately provides an important habitat for aquatic life.

Green waterways

The modular structure of the 'living quay' offers opportunities for customisation at any location. It can also be customised depending on the requirements above-water and the functions of the waterway. We use our expertise in the fields of design, communication and aquatic ecology when creating the perfect solution for a functioning waterway rich in biodiversity.