Habitat re-creation and restoration at the landscape scale: woodlands in Wales
Griffiths, G. H., Strange, A. M., Warnock, S., Porter, J. R. and Burrows, C. (2004) Habitat re-creation and restoration at the landscape scale: woodlands in Wales. In: 12th Annual Conference of the International-Association-for-Landscape-Ecology, Cirencester, ENGLAND, pp. 248-254.
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The aim of this three year project funded by the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) is to develop techniques firstly, to refine and update existing targets for habitat restoration and re-creation at the landscape scale and secondly, to develop a GIS-based model for the implementation of those targets at the local scale. Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) is being used to map Landscape Types across the whole of Wales as the first stage towards setting strategic habitat targets. The GIS habitat model uses data from the digital Phase I Habitat Survey for Wales to determine the suitability of individual sites for restoration to specific habitat types, including broadleaf woodland. The long-term aim is to develop a system that strengthens the character of Welsh landscapes and provides real biodiversity benefits based upon realistic targets given limited resources for habitat restoration and re-creation.
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