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Setting project objectives for habitat creation

 
When the strategic objectives come first

This is the situation often faced by conservation organisations that wish to increase the area of specific wildlife habitats, such as reedbeds, to meet local and national Biodiversity Action Plan priorities.

In this case, they know that a given acreage of land is needed but have to find it first!

Issues include:
  • identify criteria for site suitability (e.g. hydrological, land for sale, access to population, close to existing wildlife site, suitable geology – e.g. for chalk grassland creation)
  • search for locations to fulfill objectives
  • audit individual sites
  • price and availability.
When the land comes first

This will be the situation when:
  • a farmer has a piece of land he or she has identified for habitat creation/restoration and wishes to enter it into an agri-environment agreement
  • land becomes available as a result of a residential or other development, under a legal agreement between a developer and a local planning authority
  • a local authority or local council has identified a piece of land which it already owns, such as a village green, and wants to improve it for biodiversity
The options for habitat creation will depend on many considerations that can be determined by knowing about the site and its limitations. It will be essential to:
 
  • survey and assess the area in question (carry out a site audit)
  • discuss options with stakeholders (who will include the landowner and any current users); the local community may also need to be consulted and involved in the project
  • decide the vision and objectives taking into account site characteristics, the locality, constraints and wider objectives.
     
 

 


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