Our sister company Animex has developed an arboreal wildlife bridge that uses a pragmatic and effective approach to re-connect isolated habitats that are important for the protection and conservation of legally protected species such as Hazel Dormice or Red Squirrels. With the combination of Ecosupport's ecological expertise and Animex's engineering skills, we can provide the best solution for developers and wildlife alike.
Hazel Dormice are highly arboreal and rarely cross habitats on the ground, therefore roads, trains, walking paths or anything else that separates woodland and scrub habitat can isolate them. The Animex Wildlife Bridge can help reconnect these habitats to contribute to the future conservation of these species.
If a development scheme may result in the disconnection of woodland habitat, an Animex Wildlife Bridge may be a suitable approach for mitigation on site. In addition, the bridge can provide site enhancment by re-connecting woodland on site to previously isolated patches in surrounding areas, such as across a road. If you think the Animex Wildlife Bridge may be suitable for your site, please Speak to a Wildlife Bridge Advisor.
The bridge was developed in conjunction with the People's Trust for Endangered Species, based on a Japanese design and was successfully trialled with Hazel Dormice and Red Squirrels on the Isle of Wight. During monitoring with camera traps both species were found using the bridge to cross between the isolated habitats, as shown below.
Research on this successful design has been presented internationally including at: Infra Eco Network Europe 2018, International Conference on Ecology and Transportation 2017 and the National Dormouse Conference 2016
The bridge has been designed to be adaptable and can be installed in multiple ways to find the perfect fit at minimal cost for every site. The bridge can be built to stand alone or be retrospectively fitted into another structure such as a bridge or underpass and comes with a lifetime guarantee!Speak to a Wildlife Bridge Advisor