Sites we are monitoring

Benchmark Sites

Type Condition Location
Mire Unfavourable Thompson Castle
Semi Natural Ferny Croft North
Rakes Brake Bottom
Open Habitat/Floodplain Unfavourable Latchmore
Semi Natural Dockens Water
Ober Water
Woodland Stream Unfavourable Wootton
Semi Natural Mill Stream
Highland Water


Restored Monitoring Sites

Wootton – Woodland stream

Pondhead – Woodland stream

Harvestslade – Transitional mire

Ferny Croft – Transitional mire

Monitoring features

To capture these differences quantitatively and to demonstrate key differences between semi-naturals, unfavourable and restored sites, the monitoring programme focus on changes in the physical features, vegetation, invertebrate and fish communities. These are deemed to be the most appropriate and readily monitored features to meet the programme’s aims and objective.

Previous studies have shown that the restoration of physical features to a reasonably stable system takes about two years. In that time there will also be considerable recovery of aquatic and terrestrial vegetation and macro-invertebrates. However, longer term monitoring is/will being undertaken by the HLS Team to evidence the short and medium term changes in physical features, vegetation, invertebrate and fish communities’ response to restoration.