Element 6: Recreating habitats

Tree planting at Maesnant - the first time these slopes have seen trees in many decades

Even where large areas of strategically important habitat have been lost, we can put them back. It just takes time

By 2050 we expect to see a 2oC rise in average global temperature compared with 1990. This will generate more extreme weather including storms, floods and summer drought. This changed climate will be bad news for species such as ancient woodland flowers and small invertebrates, which cannot easily move across open ground.

Reconnecting habitats will help these species and many others keep in touch with their suitable climate niche. We can achieve this by protecting and enhancing existing habitat corridors but in some cases the need to bridge gaps between habitats will involve recreating habitats from scratch.

Across the project area we plan to create a network of wetlands, woodland and species-rich grassland, connected by a latticework of rivers, streams, hedgerows and grass verges: a landscape-scale highway for wildlife.

The six key habitats we plan to recreate

So far we've altered an area equal to 115 football pitches. But our future plans are far more extensive!