Lost Habitat covers all aspects of habitat restoration and improvement for inland freshwater systems from historic ponds, streams and water courses, to fishing lakes and wetlands across Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Bristol & Gloucestershire. Expert, comprehensive, practical advice and consultation on a range of natural solutions for habitat creation, stabilisation techniques, erosion control, bioengineering and revetment methods.

Lost Habitat works closely with Natural England, the Environmental Agency and the National Trust, practical advice on building new ponds and lakes, repairs on existing ponds, lakes or water courses, or restoration of historic ponds and lakes can be provided during planning stages as well as advice and assistance on new planning and regulatory matters.

Reports, technical or for stakeholder review can be written as part of tender processes for private and commercial clients outlining methodologies along with proposed budgets. Scientific reports for silt or water analysis can also be provided.

Lost Habitat has over 20 years’ experience planning and implementing many projects associated with ponds, lakes, waterways and wetlands, a comprehensive and reliable database of contractors suitable for carrying out such works has been generated, as well as a source of suppliers for materials, including aquatic plants, liners and soft engineering products.

Examples of services include;

Ponds, Lakes, Streams & Wetland Habitats:

  • Assistance with pond, lake and wetland habitat design, construction and water management.
  • Advice on maintenance services for ponds and lakes including; weed-cutting, dredging, weir and dam repairs, leaks and revetment.
  • Pond, lake and wetland habitat lining and repair methods.
  • Ideas to create habitat for amphibians, water voles and insects.
  • Advice on protection of endangered species from predators.
  • Water control structures from headwalls and weirs to spillways and waterfall cascades.
  • Construction advice and ideas on jetties, pontoons, bridges, boardwalks and islands.
  • Hydrographic surveying of ponds and lakes for analysis of water or silt depths and underwater obstacles.

Aquatic Planting:

  • Comment and design on aquatic planting schemes for ponds, lakes and wetland habitats.
  • Assistance on utilising aquatic plants as natural filters to improve water quality, floating reed-beds to reduce nutrient loading, oxygenating and wildlife encouragement.
  • Practical advice on management and control of non-native invasive species.


  • Sustainable, bio-degradable products used for bank revetment and erosion control including planted coir rolls, faggots, hazel and willow spiling.
  • Erosion control methods on pond and lake banks, streams and riparian networks, for example Nicospan application for vertical bank repair and rock-rolls for bank stabilisation.