This is an exciting time of year for nature lovers as spring flowers make their grand appearance. At my workplace, we have been making efforts to enhance a wetland habitat with native plantings surrounded by fenced deer exclosure. Our goal is to try and reintroduce some of the players or species that once made up the winning team of a healthy wetland forest ecosystem. In time, the restoration will act to provide better access to nature for both people and wildlife.
The native plants chosen are adapted to the wetland soils and understory of the mature forest currently present. As they regenerate they will create an additional floor and shrub layer within the habitat. This provides important feeding and nesting areas for many bird and insect species and rewards us with a healthier functioning ecosystem.