CEC were commissioned by EMEC ecology (the consultancy arm of Nottingham Wildlife Trust), to devise proposals for habitat and landscape enhancement at a drinking water reservoir development in Ambergate, Derbyshire. The plans and documents were produced to discharge a set of planning conditions.
The proposal is to replace one existing reservoir with two covered reservoirs. The land surrounding the reservoir mostly consisted of coniferous plantation woodland, which had recently been clear felled, and obviously provided limited habitat value. Immediately adjacent to the site, however, was the much more valuable habitat at Crich Chase, an SSSI containing semi natural woodland, scrub and unimproved neutral and acid grasslands.
Our proposals will link to and expand upon this valuable habitat through areas of native woodland, woodland edge and a variety of wildflower meadow planting, using species lists from the Crich Chase SSSI as a basis for our planting proposals and bespoke seed mixes. The infrastructure of the reservoir itself provided opportunity to increase the range of habitat types; woodland rides were proposed along service runs, and an attenuation basin provided the opportunity to create an area of wet meadow.
In addition to the planting plans, we produced a document setting out the appropriate implementation and maintenance of habitats over the first 5 years.
The proposal were arrived at in close co-ordination with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, whom will ultimately be a statutory consultee regarding the discharge of the landscape and habitat planning conditions.
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