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The Living Environment Trust

Habitat Creation and Restoration

The Trust focuses on neglected and vandalised sites, in order to enhance the existing biodiversity through habitat creation and restoration. The Trust also assists privates and public organisations who want to develop wildlife friendly gardens within their grounds.

Case Study 1 - Butterfly Garden at The Alan Higgs Centre

In the UK, the majority of butterfly species have suffered a strong decline in the last decade; the main cause being the loss of habitat. Accordingly, the Trust identified the development of a suitable habitat for butterflies to be one of the priority projects for The Alan Higgs Centre site. Having been successful in obtaining funding for the development of a Butterfly Garden, The Living Environment Trust completed the project in November 2009.

Case Study 2 - Wildlife Pond at The Alan Higgs Centre

Wetlands are classified as key habitats under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. Accordingly, the Trust recognised the potential for the The Alan Higgs Centre to contribute to achieving BAP’s targets, developing a wildlife pond. The 10m diameter pond has been lined with bentonite and it hosts a variety of wildlife species, including: toads, frogs, newts, dragonflies and damsflies, as well as a variety of water invertebrates.

Case Study 3 - Eradication of noxious weeds: Himalayan Balsam at Canley Brook

Following the commission received by The Living Environment Trust to undertake an otter (Lutra lutra) and water vole (Arvicola terrestris)survey along Canley Brook, the Trust led on the first steps in the Habitat Restoration programme that was suggested within the recommendations outlined within the survey report.

Accordingly, a Himalayan Balsam eradication event took place with the help of volunteers from the local community, in order to create a more suitable habitat for the population of water voles inhabiting the brook. The eradication was followed by the plantation of suitable vegetation for water voles. The project was undertaken on an 800m section in 2 days.

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