Habitat loss is the single largest cause of the extinction of living organisms in our world. It is important to restore habitats as they are the underlying basis of all living communities. They consist of an intricate web of complex interactions between plants, animals and their physical surroundings. These interactions may have taken hundreds of years to evolve and establish within a particular habitat. Preservation of existing habitats and their complex communities needs to be the number one priority in conservation. However, where losses have already taken place, restoration is the next best option.
Restoration entails re-creating the physical conditions necessary for a specific habitat to exist and then relying on colonisation from adjacent habitats, or helping in the translocation process of suitable organisms to the habitat and encouraging their growth. Assistance should only be needed where similar habitats are fragmented and isolated from each other to allow for re-colonisation.
Restoration will almost certainly involve continued habitat management to maintain suitable conditions in the long term. Find out how we can help plan, restore, recreate or manage a habitat by contacting us via telephone at 01228 711841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.