Fencing for the Environment – A monkey considers his next move on a fence in Kodaikanal, India. Photo Courtesy: Peter Haden
Ecological protection is necessarily one of the top requirements for individuals, companies and industries today.
New products can mollify potential hazards to and from protected wildlife species, such as water voles, badgers and otters. This means that if any protected species are affecting areas of your land, or business, specialist fencing can be installed to ensure the protection of your property and, at the same time the ecological control of the wildlife.
Fencing for the Environment and Ecological Protection
When fencing for the environment is undertaken by an individual or an organization, all materials used are recyclable and sustainable and delivery and completion are carried out in the most environmentally sensitive way. In this way, the needs of clients are met without a damaging impact on either fauna, or flora. Given the growing concern about the decline of much of our iconic wildlife, this is clearly a necessity that will become even more important in the future.
One particular service, which has gained considerable acclaim, is the creation of badger setts, to protect these unique creatures. Each sett is designed appropriate to the needs and surroundings of the immediate area and in close consultation with an ecological consultant.
The majority of cases, local, environmentally friendly materials are used and setts are reinforced to prevent damage and disturbance. Each entrance to the sett is also individually landscaped using re-claimed materials.
The otter is another iconic creature for which practical solutions have been found to help protect and preserve the species. Ingenious solutions have been used to create holts for these shy creatures using re-cycled and re-claimed materials from the local area. The focus of all otter-holt building is to create the optimum conditions for mating.
Avian life has not been ignored either. Around the country bird boxes have constructed, varying in size and site. Boxes can be attached to almost any kind of building, but can also be left freestanding. This programme of bird box building has benefited every type of bird, from garden visitors to large birds of prey and has run alongside a similar programme to construct viewing galleries in wildlife reserves.
Equally successful has been the construction of environmentally friendly bat boxes and their erection in various locations across the country. Again, the boxes are constructed from renewable materials, locally sourced, if possible, with high priority given to longevity and durability.
Progress and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive. With the correct co-operation and input from a range of specialists, it is perfectly possible to advance commercial activity, while preserving and protecting fauna and flora at the same time.
Derek Chambers is an ecologist who advises companies on ecological matters. He recommends www.threeshires.com.