Category Archives: Wetland Habitat Creation

Creating wetland habitats, solving man made problems using natural solutions.

Improving wetland habitat in Caerphilly Castle moat

In 2021 Salix were brought in to assist in improving the wetland habitat in Caerphilly Castle in south east Wales. One year on and what was a bare landscape, devoid of vegetation due to the large population of Canadian geese, is now a stunning, wildlife rich haven. We first visited the site in 2021 when … Continue reading Improving wetland habitat in Caerphilly Castle moat »

5 Star Water Vole Accommodation Ready to accept new Tenants


Salix provide the perfect habitat for water voles. Within one section of the Scheme a new side road was to be constructed which had an impact on an existing watercourse, Covells Drain. Therefore, a new realignment channel of approximately 500 metres in length was constructed. Once the vegetation had become established within the new channel, … Continue reading 5 Star Water Vole Accommodation Ready to accept new Tenants »

Woodberry Wetlands is National Lottery Finalist

Woodberry reedbeds vegetating

Urban wetland is finalist for best Lottery funded project Over the last few years Salix have had the pleasure of constructing a number of London Wildlife Trust projects. Woodberry Wetlands is certainly a stunning testament to wildlife and the local people who have been involved creating it. We worked closely with London Wildlife Trust to … Continue reading Woodberry Wetlands is National Lottery Finalist »

Products Used in Habitat Creation Project With Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Coir Pallets establishing at Snaith Ponds - Photo by Carys Hutton

Creating habitats in a flood protection project with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust & Environment Agency at Snaith Ponds, using our Coir Pallets & native plants

Coir Rolls Aid Biodiversity Boom

Well established Coir Rolls by Cliff Carson

Our Coir Rolls are superb at erosion control and they are also brilliant for wildlife. Wildlife such as Water Voles benefit enormously from the immediate cover that the mature plants provide and also from the carefully thought out planting.

Water works at Walthamstow Wetlands

walthamstow by Steve Ayers

The latest stage of the transformation of Walthamstow Wetlands into the largest wetland nature reserve in London will see the creation of new reedbeds to help preserve water quality and improve wildlife habitats. The wetlands site will remain one of Thames Water’s biggest sources of supply for London’s drinking water and is the largest fishery … Continue reading Water works at Walthamstow Wetlands »

The Spider on the River Washburn

Machine in action at Swinsty

Innovative spider machine helps restore wildlife habitats on the River Washburn. Yorkshire Water’s trial works to improve the quality of the river environment downstream of Swinsty reservoir is now well underway.

Slowing the flow at Cwmparc

Cwmparc and the spider in action

With funding from the Welsh Government’s Nature Fund, we supported Rhondda Cynon Taf Council in taking steps to naturalise one of the concrete channels which brings water down from the mountains at Cwmparc, in order to slow the flow of water, reduce flood risk and improve wildlife habitats. If successful, the measures introduced in this … Continue reading Slowing the flow at Cwmparc »

Woodberry in the Guardian

Woodberry Wetlands desilting work

Wildlife gardening on a colossal scale, The Guardian admires our Woodberry Wetlands work. Desilting large areas of the old reservoirs to create new reedbeds.

Wetland Creation for New Wildlife Reserve

New reedbed and wetland area being created

We have started pump dredging/desilting at Woodberry Wetlands in East London, creating new reed beds and islands. Our desilting work uses an amphibious machine…

Creating a new nature reserve in East London

Salix is helping the London Wildlife Trust to create a new nature reserve on the site of Thames Water’s East Reservoir in Stoke Newington.

Salix to showcase innovative phosphorus removal techniques

Phosphorus is one of the most common parameters causing a watercourse to fail water quality standards set out under the Water Framework Directive. 

Native pond plants supplied for new pond

Salix has helped The Norfolk Hospice create a new pond at its new residential facility in Hillington. As well as providing hundreds of native pond plants, staff from its nursery at Croxton Park helped Hospice volunteers to plant them in December. David Holland, Technical Director for Salix, explains: “We were delighted to be able to … Continue reading Native pond plants supplied for new pond »

Soft bank protection for Getty Estate’s new lake island pavilion

Working with Mace, Salix has helped the Wormsley Estate to construct a stunning new island pavilion on its lake. Sir Paul Getty began restoring the 2,500-acre Wormsley Estate in the Chiltern Hills close to High Wycombe in 1985. In that time, many environmental, heritage and access improvements have been undertaken, including the construction of an … Continue reading Soft bank protection for Getty Estate’s new lake island pavilion »

Lake Desilting & Environment Improved at Ifield Mill Pond

Installing Ifield boardwalk piles

Salix is working with Crawley Borough Council and Jacksons Civil Engineering to help improve Ifield Mill Pond & Water Gardens, the area’s most important wetland and a designated Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI). Salix has begun building a Nicospan nylon mesh fence, fixed to a series of wooden stakes to hold the new reed … Continue reading Lake Desilting & Environment Improved at Ifield Mill Pond »

New wetland habitats at East Tullos Burn

East Tullos map

Salix has worked with Aberdeen City Council, cbec and Walking-the-Talk to restore the East Tullos Burn in St Fittick’s Park, Torry, transforming it from a straight, hard-engineered channel into a more natural stream with a meandering course, functional floodplain and improved wetland habitats. Following consultation with the local community and stakeholders, the burn’s restoration design … Continue reading New wetland habitats at East Tullos Burn »

Royal Parks, Serpentine Lake

Biohaven floating wetlands support long term mature plant growth

As part of a programme of wildlife habitat improvements in the Royal Parks, Salix have been awarded a contract to create large floating wetland islands on the Serpentine Lake in London’s Hyde Park. Salix will install 50 x 3.5 metre islands in the southern lake to clean the lake’s water naturally by creating an area … Continue reading Royal Parks, Serpentine Lake »

Under The Boardwalk

Richmond Park Boardwalk and planting

Richmond Royal Parks is a walkover for Salix and Sir David Attenborough’s Volunteers. In our last newsletter and in the piece On Her Majesty’s Service we featured the start of our works at Richmond Royal Parks, and now that the project is complete we are pleased to include here a few images to illustrate the … Continue reading Under The Boardwalk »

Olympic Odyssey for Salix

We are delighted to finally unveil our role in making the Olympic Park a reality, from our initial involvement way back in 2008, right through to the closing ceremony last year. All of us here at Salix are very proud to have worked to deliver perhaps the greatest sporting venue ever seen in modern Britain. … Continue reading Olympic Odyssey for Salix »

On Her Majesty’s Service…

Beginning the reed bed creation at Pens Pond, Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park on behalf of the royal parks

Work has commenced at one of our most prestigious locations to date – The Royal Parks. We have been appointed as a result of being able to demonstrate our experience in working in environmentally sensitive areas whilst employing our own specialist staff and machinery to minimise the impact of our works. Watercourse and pond works across … Continue reading On Her Majesty’s Service… »

Habitat Creation Scores In Independent Report

Completed site with new wetland planting

Salix successfully tendered for a project to form a backwater and island in a field adjacent to the Grand Union Canal. The aim was to restore a wetland area on the banks of the canal for the benefit of wildlife and the fishery.  Leaf matter and sediment was removed to create on-line ponds of variable … Continue reading Habitat Creation Scores In Independent Report »



Client – Van Oord working for the Environment Agency. Salix are currently working on the Medmerry managed realignment scheme, creating new water vole habitats and reedbeds. We are establishing habitat using vegetation translocation from existing habitats and installing mature coir pallets and wetland planting. More information is available on the Environment Agency website

River Ecclesbourne


Client – Environment Agency Pilot scheme for catchment restoration of the River Ecclesbourne, that forms part of the Water Framework Directive aim to return rivers to good ecological status. The original back channel was restored and a weir removed. The mill race was re profiled and a two stage channel cut to maintain low flows … Continue reading River Ecclesbourne »