Habitat Creation and Enhancement
By following design templates set by nature and matched to your location not only do you create something that is in keeping with your surroundings, but also, by ‘working with the grain’ in partnership with nature success is more likely, and less effort will be required to maintain this over time.
Habitat or ecosystem based landscaping and gardening with wild plants involves a holistic approach following and working with the designs created by nature.
Emorsgate have developed a range of habitat based mixture options that can be used to introduce plant diversity to habitat creation and enhancement projects within conservation, landscaping, wildlife gardening or on farmland.
Matching your site circumstances to potential habitat is key to success so we suggest the following approach:
- Assess your site and soil and any pre-existing botanical or other wildlife interest. Compare your site with other similar areas in your locality.
- Highlight any existing habitat or features that are worth conserving.
- Assess whether there are areas that have some merit but with potential for enhancement.
- Identify areas where new habitat can be created from scratch.
Sites that have the most biodiversity usually contain a variety of habitat types.
Maximising diversity in a scheme often involves creating complementary new habitats within existing sites as well as developing the main features: for example adding a pond or hedgerow to a grassland habitat.
Animals and insects will frequently require more than one habitat type to obtain the different resources for food and shelter they need to survive and reproduce.
The principle habitat categories in which sowing wild flower seeds can have a role are:
Selecting and sowing the right seeds is however only the first part of the process.
The results you achieve in practice will be determined not so much by the seeds you have sown but by site and soil conditions and importantly the way the site is managed. Throughout our website we have tried to give equal emphasis to providing information on management and site selection as we have to the composition of our mixtures.