Mackley, as part of Team Van Oord has extensive experience of habitat enhancements ranging from tree planting and seed matting on embankments to river restoration and habitat translocations.
Large scale habitat creation/translocation
The Medmerry and Steart schemes involve the creation of a range of new wetland habitats including reed-beds, ponds, swamp vegetation and areas of wet-grassland. Medmerry also involves translocation of reedbed and some experimental translocation of vegetation and soil supporting salt marsh bees. The habitats at Medmerry will be managed by the RSPB and monitored with results fed back to the Environment Agency to inform future re-alignment schemes.
Work with the Wildlife Trust
Mackley worked alongside the Sussex Wildlife Trust at Turnery Pools nature reserve to create nesting islands for the wide variety of birds using the site.
Riverside habitat diversification
TVO partners have helped to enhance numerous water courses and riverside habitats using both new and traditional technologies
The Orchard Wharf project created a terrace which was planted with approx 40m2 of new reed beds; a BAP priority habitat
Branches were stacked in channel and deflectors constructed in the River Wandle to increase the diversity of the channel for wildlife as part of river restoration along this London waterway.
Traditional faggots from coppiced woodland were used to protect the banks at Dartford Creek and provide greater diversity along the tidal mudflat.