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The Mosaic Approach: Managing Habitats for Species


This guidance includes a set of Powerpoint presentations and individual guides on how to create and manage habitat mosaics in different contexts (heathland, grassland, farmland, woodland, etc). Mosaics are vitally important because most species require a range of elements to complete their life cycle, such as small patches of bare ground, tall flower-rich vegetation, or scattered trees and scrub, which are often very scarce. Introducing habitat mosaics such as tussocky grassland and scrub at woodland edges can play a vital role in supporting threatened species, as well as increasing resilience to climate change due to increased habitat diversity.


Guidance type/project stage

  • Ecosystem creation
  • Implementation
  • Ecosystem management
  • Ecosystem restoration


  • Any ecosystem
  • Coastal and marine
  • Farmland
  • Grassland
  • Heathland
  • Rewilding
  • Shrubland
  • Saltmarsh
  • Urban
  • Wetland
  • Woodland

Challenges addressed

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Biodiversity

Source | Natural England

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