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Conservation

Conservation is the act of preserving, guarding or protecting. With the increasing pressure on our natural environment we have a practical approach to maintaining this valuable resource. We can draw on many years of experience in this field on both management and practical levels and have been involved in many conservation projects.  We are able to provide the following types of services:

Woodland Tree

Woodland Management

  • Create woodland management plans - a working guide on how to manage a particular woodland over a set period of time. It can include assessment, management aims and maintenance requirements.

  • Carry out practical maintenance within woodlands – coppicing, thinning, creation of deadwood habitat, sensitive timber extraction, planting and creation of woodland paths and fencing.

  • Rhododendron and Laurel control – the felling and stump treating with herbicides of Rhododendron and Cherry laurel which are major threats to native woodlands.

Trees
Trees can be home to a diverse number of wildlife species, in the right situation and with the right circumstances can be pruned using specialised techniques to mimic the natural habitats they can provide. This can improve bio-diversity and can have impact on the trees longevity. Veteran trees and trees that contain bats require specialised management.

Birds and Bats
Bats and Birds are protected species under the Wildlife Act, the EU habitats directive and the EU birds directive. We are committed to carrying out all our work with consideration of the potential effects on bird and bat habitat. We implement methodology which attempts to avoid the risk of disturbance and will liaise with relevant bodies where necessary.

To encourage new nesting and roosting sites we can we can supply and install purpose built bird and bat boxes within woodlands, parks and gardens.

Wildflower meadow management
Wildflower meadows are a great way to encourage wildlife diversity on a small or large scale. However they can be complex and there are several methods for creation based on the site circumstances.  The best method is starting from scratch and seeding. Good ground preparation is essential and creating poor fertile soil conditions is important to discourage weed growth such as nettles and thistles. The correct choice of plants for the site is crucial.

A meadow can also be created out of an exsisting grass area and a mixture of techniques will be required to achieve a successful wildflower meadow. Ideally it is good to know what is there already, you can leave the area to grow prior to any works and see what flowers are already there.

Wild flower meadows require specialised cutting regimes to encourage the flora diversity, the cuttings should always be removed to discourage the growth of invasive weeds. Grazing in some circumstances is also an option for management.

We can assess your site, organise a plan of action, advise on suitable species for the location, advise on management and maintenance and carry out the installation.

There are many choices and combination of wildflowers to choose from and these are just a few: Primrose, Cow slips, Cornflower, Forget-me-not, Larkspur, Mallow, Corn Poppy, Yarrow, Corn cockle, Pimpernel, Oxeye Daisy, Corn Marigold, Chicory, Foxglove, Birdsfoot trefoil and several species of Orchids.

Meadow

Native tree and shrub planting
Native tree and shrub planting is a great way to create and replicate natural woodlands and wooded copses. When managed correctly there are many benefits to planting native trees and shrubs these can be tolerance to our climate and soil types. Trees and shrubs that are native to Ireland have evolved with the native wildlife who find it hard to survive without the food and shelter they provide. Introduced plants tend to provide less value to our native wildlife.

Native trees and shrubs can also be planted in gardens and will attract wildlife – birds will be encouraged into the garden for the food and shelter. Along with many types of native insects which provide a food source for other animals such as Bats.

We have supplied and planted native trees and shrubs for both large and small plantings. We can advise on species types, protection, establishment, management and maintenance. We can plant any number of trees to create the woodland required.

Native hedge planting
A new hedgerow can be planted for many reasons:

  • To provide wildlife corridors for plants and animals.
  • Shelter belt
  • Screening
  • Boundary demarcation
  • Horticultural interest in a garden situation
  • Stock proof barrier

Species choice will depend on location and site conditions. Plants can be chosen from native and naturalised species.

We have supplied plants and planted hedgerows for many clients contact us so we can advise you on a new native hedge.

Existing hedgerow maintenance
Natural hedgerows are important for wildlife, they provide an important tree stock, habitat for wildflowers and they are part of the natural heritage.

From time to time mature hedgerows require maintenance to increase their viability. Each hedge is very different in its make up and therefore an assessment on how to manage a particular hedge will be necessary. How the management is then approached can be decided. Old hedgerows can be rejuvenated which may take the form of:

  • Planting – restocking and filling gaps
  • Removal of weed species
  • Cleaning out old wood

Contact us for more information or to discuss your ideas, we will be happy to make a site visit at no charge and give you a free quotation

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