NatureArk®

From: £399.95

NatureArk has been developed to enhance, support and grow species-rich eco-systems and provide biodiversity net gain from a single multi-habitat unit. NatureArk is a smaller unit than our BioCube, constructed from untreated timber to avoid the presence of unwanted chemicals and is therefore designed to degrade over time.

The NatureArk includes:

  • Assembled base unit
  • Core
  • Frame
  • Main planter
  • Core reservoir/habitat
  • Side reservoirs/habitats
  • Wet habitat (including tray)
  • Dry habitat

 

Enhance your NatureArk with the following products:

Invertebrate habitat

This wooden habitat can be filled with leaf litter, straw or pine cones to create crevices for a range of invertebrates beneficial to the garden, such as ladybirds. Invertebrate habitats can be attached to the side of the NatureArk, together with our Butterfly and Bee Habitats.

Butterfly Habitat

Wooden habitats which are designed to provide an ideal haven for butterflies and lacewings.  These habitats can be easily attached to the side of the NatureArk.

Bee Habitat

A wooden habitat which is designed to provide shelter for solitary bees, which can be attached to the side of the NatureArk. The end of the bee habitat has 10mm holes drilled to 150mm deep, which are designed to attract to bees such as mason or leaf cutter bees.

Dead wood habitat material 85L

Dead wood material is supplied in a 85 litre bag and is used to create a habitat within the protected core area of the NatureArk that is in contact with the ground. This can provide nutrients and a cool, damp shelter attractive to amphibians, invertebrates, arthropods, and reptiles, as well as promoting fungi growth.

Reservoir/habitat expanded clay 25L

Expanded clay is provided in a 25 litre bag and is used to retain water in the reservoir/wet habitat areas of the NatureArk to provide moisture for plant growth, and damp conditions to support micro-organisms, amphibians and reptiles.

600L Multipurpose Topsoil

Comprises an expert blend of screened, natural soil, which includes elements of sand, silt and clay, together with dark, rich, peat-free soil conditioners, which add nutrients, body and structure to support a variety of planting schemes, including edible plants and providing the perfect topsoil for your NatureArk.

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NatureArk has been developed with the same principles as the BioCube, to support, grow and create species-rich eco-systems and provide biodiversity net gain from a single multi-habitat unit. NatureArk is a smaller unit constructed from untreated timber to avoid the presence of unwanted chemicals and is therefore designed to degrade over time.

The NatureArk has full ground contact and connectivity for the integrated dead wood habitat and planting areas. It is supplied with two removeable wet and dry habitats, together with water reservoirs and central and side planting areas. 

Within the centre of the NatureArk is a dead wood habitat with access to the ground below and to the outside of the unit. At each end of the unit there are separate wet and dry habitats for small mammals, hedgehogs and amphibians; they are sheltered by the dead wood habitat which provides insulation, protection from predators and reduces external noises which can disturb wildlife. The sides of the dead wood habitat are protected by a planting area which can be filled with growing media, and above the dead wood habitat is the core reservoir; the reservoir provides shelter to the dead wood habitat, keeping the centre dry for species preferring a drier environment.

The core reservoir provides an additional wet habitat and is designed to overflow into the separate wet habitat unit below, keeping it moist for species preferring this type of environment. The reservoir is designed to be filled with stone and the water provides irrigation to plants above in the main planting area.

The topsoil/growing media in the main planting area provides insulation and protection to the dead wood habitat below. There are an additional two side reservoirs down each side of the dead wood habitat, providing further irrigation and wet habitat. 

The sides and base of the NatureArk can also be filled with growing media for planting the likes of edibles or pollinating plants, and to provide insulation to the dead wood habitat and wet and dry habitats. The NatureArk is designed so that roots of all plants can access water in the reservoirs, but also find their way down the sides of the dead wood habitat and into the ground below.

Wooden habitats which are designed to attract and provide shelter for bees, butterflies and other invertebrates may be screwed to the side of the NatureArk and can be provided separately. Additionally, the wooden timber structure of the NatureArk can be drilled to create holes at each end providing additional habitat for solitary bees and invertebrates. It is possible to place numerous NatureArks adjacent to each other to provide connected habitat between the units.

NatureArks can be supplied ready built and filled, or for assembly on site. This unit is also designed to be lifted from the base with a forklift or suitable lifting straps.

  • Main planting area: 150 litres
  • Dead wood habitat: 85 litres
  • Base planting area: 100 litres
  • Side planting areas: 75 litres total (37.5 litres each)
  • Core reservoir/habitat: 20 litres
  • Side reservoirs/habitat: 10 litres total (5 litres each)

Patents applied for GB.1812559.1, GB.1916191.8 and PCT/GB2020/050911

Bioscapes Limited
The Airfield, Seaton Ross,
York YO42 4NF

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