CSA’s Tewkesbury Ecology Team successfully tendered to work with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT) on their exciting ‘Eelscapes’ project. An innovative landscape-scale conservation scheme which aims to restore the Severn Vale’s wetland mosaic habitats, funded under the DEFRA Landscape Recovery Scheme.

CSA’s Ecologists completed a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) of the project area which encompassed over 1,400ha of land along the River Severn Corridor, with the team’s experienced botanists (FISC level 4) out on-site throughout the summer assessing the habitats present and potential for protected species.

The scheme’s vision to restore naturally functioning wetlands will specifically support the recovery of iconic and threatened species such as the critically endangered European eel and the nationally scarce true fox-sedge. CSA’s PEA Report will guide the restoration proposals going forward, allowing for targeted enhancement measures to be implemented alongside the protection of existing protected and notable species within the project area.