Planting for habitats

When designing a wildlife area, the aim is to try to recreate, or start off the natural process of habitats forming. If we had a big enough space, little disturbance form humans, and many decades to play with, the natural processes would create habitats with no help from us.

But here we need to speed things along a bit. The simplest way to get things going is to plant certain plants, then over time allow the plants to mature, while managing the areas a little to help this along.
With these trees for example, we could help them by removing the grass from around their roots since
the grass becomes competition for water and nutrients.

When the plants are there, insects follow, and when insects are there, birds and other animals follow. This is what we hope for.

Below are the planting plans worked out by Ashley Arbon and myself for the field. The map shows the areas.