Biological indicators will be introduced from the outset of the LIFE programme. Variations in these indicators will reflect the health of the ecosystems concerned and will provide a way of measuring the effectiveness of the restoration activities undertaken. This process is known as bioassessment of environmental quality.
The effects of restoring open grasslands on the plant and animal communities will be assessed:
- via changes to the Marsh Fritillary population within the site
- via regular searches for Arenaria provincialis populations
- via a plant community inventory conducted at three key points during the LIFE programme: prior to the restoration work (initial assessment), half-way through the project and at the end of the project.
The effects of the building redevelopment activities will be assessed via regular measurements of the bat population at the site using ultrasound detectors.