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Large bags of heather brash are being air lifted by helicopter as part of conservations works on a Yorkshire moorland

Case Studies
and Testimonials

ELMS have conducted operations on a number of different habitats including; woodland, upland and lowland blanket peat-bog, fenland, rivers, scrapes and ponds.
Below are a selection of our recent works.

Willow Tit Habitat Creation

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

A habitat creation project to diversify the structure of a woodland by thinning areas of closed canopy and the creation of glades to develop an understory for the benefit of Willow Tits (the UK’s second fastest declining bird).

A woodland has been thinned to create glades to improve natural habitat of the Willow Tit

"I recently contracted ELMS to carry out some scrub works as part of the Back from the Brink project. I had a very positive experience of working with Gareth in and would be comfortable working with ELMS on future projects."

Sophie Pinder - Living Landscape Project Officer, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

River restoration and river bank stabilisation using coir matting to reduce erosion and create nature habitat

Dinnington River Restoration

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

A stream restoration project on the Cramfit brook in Dinnington. The project was to create a more natural two stage channel from an existing steep sided drainage ditch. Over the course of the project we created a more diverse stream channel and a wider range of marginal vegetation and wetland habitat across a more connected flood plain.

"Gareth was very flexible to fit the work in with quite tight project timescales, completing the work to a good standard on time. His team worked in often quite difficult conditions (“The Beast from the East”) to get the work done. I was very pleased with the results."

Jamie McEwan - Living Landscapes Team Leader, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Roudsea Woods and Mosses 

Natural England

ELMS were successful in tendering for consecutive years of Rhododendron regrowth spraying at Roudsea woods and Mosses NNR in Cumbria. With the successful completion of 68 hectares and 110 hectares of regrowth spraying across the site by ELMS teams we hope to be able to continue to combat the regrowth of rhododendron on the sites in years to come.  

Chemical spraying of invasive rhododendron as part of conservation works to improve habitat on a lowland peat bog
Mechanised birch scrub removal as part of conservation works on Humberhead moorland to improve habitat for nature conservation

Humberhead Peatland Restoration

Natural England

ELMS were contracted to complete a number of areas of birch and rhododendron scrub clearance for Natural England on Thorne and Hatfield Moors. 150 hectares of scrub were cleared in challenging peatbog conditions, using low ground pressure machinery and motor manual clearance techniques.


25 hectares of thick impenetrable mature rhododendron was was flailed to ground level using a tracked bobcat with forestry mulcher attachment and a Fecon 128 forestry mulcher. Compartments which were inaccessible to machinery including waterlogged areas were cleared manually with stacked material and treated exposed stumps to reduce regrowth. 

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