Met Office Camborne
This project was delivered as part of the MET offices’ nationwide approach to improve biodiversity and wildlife on their sites.
A phase 1 habitat survey was initially undertaken by CEC ecologists back in 2011, which recommended a range biodiversity and habitat improvements onsite; these recommendations were then designed and delivered by CEC’s landscape architects.
The improvements include a wildlife pond and hibernaculum (a hibernation and basking site for reptiles and amphibians), new native-species hedgerows, a range of bird and bat boxes, raised beds planted with flowers beneficial to wildlife and compost bins. Areas of grassland will be managed as a hay meadow, which in time will encourage the growth of wildflowers. The works have improved the habitat for the wildlife currently using the site and should also attract new species to use the site to nest, forage, and shelter.
In addition to landscape design and contract administration, CEC have also produced a management and maintenance plan and will be carrying out ecological surveys over the coming years to quantify the results the improvements make.
As part of this project, CEC designed and produced an interpretation board, explaining the improvements and wildlife that might be attracted to the weather station to staff and visitors. Client: MET Office