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Habitat Restoration

Habitat Restoration

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Eroded land is common accross the Falklands.  Regular causes of erosion are fire, unsuccessful planting and overgrazing, it may also be exacerbated by climate change.  Once erosion starts it often spreads and it's a problem. In agricultural areas it means a loss of fodder and contamination of wool with soil, in conservation areas it saps biodiveristy - from the bottom up. Between 2014 and 2016 Falklands Conservation was kindly funded by the Darwin Plus Initative (http://www.darwininitiative.org.uk/) to build local capcity for habitat restoration, with a focus on using native plants to tackle erosion.  This successful project worked with landowners to collect native plant seeds and mix those with agricultural products (wool and manure) to revegetate eroded areas of sand, clay and peat.


Our Habiat Restoration work continues thanks to funding from the John Ellerman Foundation and vital help from farmers, other landowners and conservation volunteers.  Our work includes: traditional replanting with tussac tillers - often with community planting events, reasearch into new techniques using native seeds and local mulches, and supporting the development of a Native Seed Hub at Cape Dolphin Farm - a vital step in up-scaling the production of native plant seeds.  We also support projects to control or eradicate non-native species, for example with volunteer thistle hoeing trips!  Importantly we also help landowners to share experience and ideas - together we learn what works in the the tough Falklands environment.  



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