When it comes to forest restoration in particular, we have consistently observed higher biomass yields and establishment rates, coupled with lower maintenance costs, when the land accepts the forest as a long-lost friend rather than an unwelcome intruder.
Zulu Ecosystems’ soils methodology
We value soil analysis from an evolutionary perspective as it provides invaluable insights into appropriate habitat locations. To gain these insights, we have analysed every soil profile within Great Britain to determine their evolutionary formation.
As part of this research, soils were classified according to the following types: peatland, heathland, wetland, forests, grassland, sand dunes, slope peats, becoming peatland, becoming soil, becoming saltmarsh, and artificial. This work was then mapped to decipher which habitat belongs where, and why. This analysis was further confirmed using biodiversity data provided by the NBN Atlas and its contributors. This data enables us to visualise all species identified on that land from previous surveys*.
By superimposing biodiversity with soils, a clear picture emerges – namely, which species lack the full range of their habitats, and which soils provide the optimal foundation for that habitat. With these insights, we can view the land potential with surgical precision across the UK and intervene in the most appropriate manner – be it biodiversity uplift, afforestation, or peatland restoration. By restoring landscapes with a rich understanding of the soils, we can allow nature to lead the way in restoring the biodiversity that once graced our lands.
*Due to the decades of records involved, data is limited to species recorded from 2010 onwards.
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