More rewilding to support biodiversity

Increasingly, companies are rewilding sites after their industrial use has ended. Often this is part of the original planning conditions to permit development.

Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve, located between Surrey and Hampshire, is now one of the best bird watching sites in Surrey. It covers 150 acres of open water, gravel islands, scrapes, reed bed, scrub, woodland and wet and dry grassland, and is now designated a Site of Nature Conservation Interest. It is managed by dedicated volunteers of the Tice’s Meadow Bird Group and rangers from the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership.

Until recently, Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve was an active quarry operated run by Hanson Aggregates. It was progressively restored toturned into a wildlife haven following the cessation of quarrying activities. This included the creation of a conservation grassland on the western part of the site.

In 2011 we undertook a survey of this grassland to assess changes in plant communities following the restoration. A number of vegetation plots were thoroughly surveyed and related to plant communities described in the National Vegetation Classification. Recently we were commissioned to undertake further monitoring of the grassland to record how the habitat has developed.

These surveys are part of long-term biodiversity monitoring at the site. Any changes recorded in plant communities could be clearly related to changes in the management and hydrology of the site, and in particular the recent introduction of year-round cattle grazing.

Image: Shaun Furguson

Thomson Ecology Handbook

This online version of the Thomson Ecology Handbook provides a general overview of current wildlife legislation* and is aimed at helping project managers understand and plan for ecology from the start.

Find out more

Stay Up to Date

Staying up to date with the latest environmental and ecological requirements is key to your project. Whether it’s the latest copy of the Thomson Ecology Handbook, a timely legislation update, or guidance on the latest seasonal activities, we want to provide you with relevant information, straight to your inbox.

Sign up for our email newsletter below.

Thank you! Your subscription has been confirmed. You'll hear from us soon.