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Habitat creation: key principles and guidance

  • See page 4 and pages 6-9 of Go Native! Planting for Biodiversity where you can also see Flora locale's essential guidance on using wild plants for biodiversity projects.
  • Take a long-term view – avoid “quick-fix” solutions and don’t expect instantaneous success. A new wildflower meadow will take between 2 and 5 years to take shape, while woodland establishment will be slower. Investment at the front end of a scheme, by doing it well, is an investment for future decades or hopefully centuries to come! Habitat creation can go badly wrong and can cost a lot of money.
  • Input from specialists (landscape architect, engineer, or earth-moving contractor), may be necessary for complex schemes involving contaminated land or requiring substantial ground preparation.
  • Good project planning is essential. See the Project Planning Checklist and the section on site audit and assessment.
  • Don’t proceed unless the site can be properly maintained after establishment.
  • For detailed guidance, see Developing Naturally: A handbook for incorporating the natural environment into planning and development. (now out of print) and the Biodiversity Planning Toolkit.



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