#1 Proven Arboreal Bridge
Britain's only tried and tested arboreal bridge for dormice and red squirrels.
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Introducing the Animex Bridge
In association with People’s Trust for Endangered Species we have developed a tried and tested, cost effective mitigation solution for maintaining and enhancing habitat connectivity for arboreal species including Hazel Dormouse and Red Squirrel on development and infrastructure projects.
The bridge has a bespoke and adaptable design and can be built to be free standing on its own, or retrospectively fitted into another structure such as an overpass. We work closely with Highways England for bridges built over large roads to ensure the safety and quality of design on projects.
The Animex bridge is:
- Tried and Tested
- Instant Connectivity
- Cost Effective
- Bespoke & Adaptable
To find out how the Animex wildlife bridge could be utilised on your project please get in touch with one of our advisors.
Tried and Tested
The bridge was developed in conjunction with the People's Trust for Endangered Species, based on a Japanese design and was successfully trialed with Hazel Dormice and Red Squirrels on the Isle of Wight. During monitoring with camera traps both species were found using the bridge to cross between the isolated habitats, as shown in the video.
Research on this successful design has been presented Internationally including at: Infra Eco Network Europe 2018, International Conference on Ecology and Transportation 2017 and the National Dormouse Conference 2016 & 2019
Bespoke & Adaptable Installation
The standalone bridge can be built in areas without an existing structure. It can be constructed safely across roads, rails or water features to reconnect fragmented habitat.
The bridge can be retrofitted into an existing structure such as a bridge or culvert. This method increases the strength of the bridge and can be used for longer distances.
Best Practice Management
We have created guidelines to follow in order to best place the Animex Bridge. The guidelines include where to locate and position the bridge, the best design, how to monitor dormouse populations post-installation and some helpful tips!