Aims of the monitoring programme

The aims of the wetland restoration monitoring programme are:

  • Gather scientifically robust evidence about the effectiveness of the various restoration techniques, highlighting the ecological benefits and any issues relating to the use of them.
  • To improve on restoration techniques for future restoration schemes
  • To contribute to the national evidence based directory for restoration techniques.

The four key areas are:

  1. Hydrology (water levels, geomorphology and quality)
  2. Soil structure
  3. Vegetation
  4. Wildlife

Within the restoration programme the HLS scheme we have semi-natural benchmark sites to monitor the restoration sites against however; the HLS team also undertake pre-restoration monitoring on unrestored sites providing valuable baseline data.