We only provide services which need ecologists to design and deliver them effectively. We aim to bridge the gap between a willing but inexpert landscape sector and the quality natural habitats our clients want to achieve.
Grassland conservation and management has long been our passion. We can design, specify and deliver new grassland, or manage / restore existing. Crucially we monitor the results and use this in on-going adaptive management.
With in-house machinery to cut and collect we have the capibility to manage wildflower grasslands in a non-prescriptive and reactive way.
In most situations using a standard contractor provides the simplest solution to managing invasive species. However in important of fragile habitats this risks serious damage to non-target plant species.
In these situations Ecological Estates can provide a more bespoke approach, using ecologists to ensure that non-target species are favoured and that habitats and seed banks can be restored.
We are able to identify scarce or notable species in the field, rescue them and enter them into an off-site propagation programme for later careful re-planting.
Using ecologists means plants go back in the right place having been correctly identified and correctly managed.
Invasive weed control
Plant rescue and Propagation
With the loss of wildflowers from our countryside its incresingly down to town and urbon open spaces to provide habitats for pollinators. We can help choose the right species mix for the site and manage it so it works for pollinators and people alike.
Restoring habitats is a dynamic and sometimes complex process. An understanding of, and an eye for the habitat processes and indicator species involved will be key to deciding what's working.
We can advise on and work on projects to restore whole range of UK habitats.
We have years of experience of writing habitat managment plans but crucially we have the ability to carry out the works we specify. As a result our plans are realistic and achievable.
Our plans include simple provision for monitoring habitats and adapting management, so that a success is more likely.
Bio-banking and off-setting
Habitat management can now provide oppotunities to put land to work - creating or restoring ecologically valuable habitats and an income from your investment.
We can advise in terms of land suitability, targetting management most effectively , and of course planning and carrying out management.
Wetlands are a delicate resource, whilst realtively easy to create they can require a lot of on-going management.
We have experimence of creating ponds, wetlands and semi-natural watercourses and understand the importance of monitoring and adaptive management in these situations.
Woodland are not just trees, but a complex ecosystem and a fantastic resource when managed effectively.
We have the in-house capability to manage and monitor woodlands, but also the ability and contacts to supervise larger arboricultural operations.
We know that the involvement of local people can be invaluable in sustainable management. We have personnell who can train volunteer groups and facilitate the involvment of the public in habitats such as woodlands.