Projects

Highlight: Long Point Causeway

What did we do?

The Long Point Causeway Improvement Project was initiated by the local community after extremely high numbers of roadkill continued to be found along the causeway. As many as 10,000 individuals were killed along the 3.5km causeway in a year, including many endangered or threatened species such as Blanding's Turtles and Eastern Foxsnakes. It was ranked the 4th deadliest road for turtles in North America. The community raised over $2.5 million for the project to construct 4.5km of exclusion fencing, seven ecopassages and two large aquatic culverts, which have been installed to allow wildlife passage between the wetlands. Animex supplied some of the exclusion fencing to keep wildlife off the roads.

Project Success

After construction was completed, there was an 89% drop in turtle mortality along the road and monitoring shows wildlife are being successfully directed to passages by the fencing and have been recorded crossing the passages on trail cameras.

Read the scientific article about successful fencing strategies from the Long Point Causeway project

Testimonial

"We were thrilled to find that someone had purpose-designed an exclusion fencing solution that met most of our requirements.  We also liked the fact that the Animex fencing was made of recycled plastics. We’ve tested Animex fencing in some of our most difficult locations and have been pleased the results. So much so that we are finishing off the final stretch of the Causeway by installing more than 1500 metres Animex fencing this fall." 

- Rick Levick, Project Coordinator

Watch the short documentary "Striking Balance" highlighting the Long Point Biosphere and the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project

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Ngahere Gecko - New Zealand

What did we do?

Translocation of the Ngahere Gecko (Mokopirirakau sp.) a protected gecko species.

In conjunction with EcoGecko Consultants and Winstone Aggregates we designed and supplied an optimal fencing system to contain the newly translocated geckos as they became acclimatised to their new habitat. The soft release enclosures will be in place during the early part of the monitoring schedule and removed for reuse on another project in the future. Follow us on social media for further updates.

Testimonial

"The Animex fences we are using are still intact more than a year later, especially at an island site buffeted by strong wind all year round. We certainly plan to keep - and strongly recommend - using Animex fences as soft-release pens for the translocation of lizards in both conservation and human-wildlife conflict projects."

 - Trent Bell, EcoGecko Consultants

Highway 7 - Ontario, Canada

What did we do?

Trial to determine ideal roadside specification to combat heavy snow loading.

Alongside Eco-Kare International we installed 1km of Animex one-way fencing for the Ministry of Transport Ontario to help direct endangered species of amphibians, turtles and other reptiles away from the danger of the highway. Until now temporary silt fencing had been installed but it became severely damaged during the winter rendering it redundant. With this fencing trial we are testing and adapting different methods to deal with the challenges of the Canadian climate. 

Since this installation we have seen less animals on the roads and no discarded material has ending up in landfill. We are going to continue to closely monitor it's impact alongside Eco-Kare International and continue to share updates via social media.

Testimonial

"Animex has continued to work with us to employ adaptive management on the fencing to create a mitigation tool that will work for our harsh environment. Animex integrated new installation methods into a phase 2 construction project on Highway 7 to improve the resistance of the fence to extreme temperatures. Phase 2 fence construction has fared well during the 2016-2017 winter season."

- Kari Gunsson, Eco-Kare International

San Diego - California, USA

What did we do?

We designed, supplied and installed a customised fencing solution to contain a small population of Pacific Pocket Mice (Perognathus longimembris pacificus) during a re-introduction project. The mice were previously thought to be extinct in the 1980's until 1993 when a small population were re-discovered in the wild. The San Diego Zoo Institute For Conservation Research have since been working on a captive breeding program in partnership with OC Parks and USFW and are now conducting the first phase of re-introduction into the wild with the help of a bespoke Animex fencing solution. We are so proud to play a part in such an exciting project and we will keep you updated with how the project progresses.

Follow-up

One month after the release, the monitoring study showed the mice were adapting well to their new habitat and were showing signs of reproductive readiness.

Presqu’ile Provincial Park

What did we do?

We supplied permanent multi species exclusion fencing for Parks Canada that was installed along a roadside in the Presqu’ile Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, targeting Snapping Turtles (Chelydra serpentina) and other reptile and amphibian species. The installation method involved the bottom lip being placed on top of of the ground and then covered with earth and gravel. This installation technique was very swift and effective, allowing the fencing to be in place to help reduce roadkill as quickly as possible.

The fencing on both sides of the roads was connected to a wildlife-crossing culvert that will allow animals to safely travel between these two areas of their habitat.

Potrero Hills, California USA

What did we do?

We installed a permanent exclusion fence for DUDEK to prevent California Tiger Salamanders (Ambystoma californiense) from re-entering an area that was designated to be used as an extension to an existing landfill. 

The previous fencing had deteriorated and was considered redundant so the new low profile Animex will ensure that the salamanders are kept off of the site during the new expansion.

Las Vegas - Nevada, USA

What did we do?

We supplied and supervised the installation of 3000' of low impact temporary Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) fencing for First Solar in partnership with Ironwood Biological Consulting. The fencing was installed to assist with the capturing and translocation of this federally listed species to clear the site for the construction of a new solar energy plant. Discussions with many contractors and biologists on site revealed that previously specified mesh Desert Tortoise fencing installation methods often damaged large areas of surrounding habitat and had also been found to corrode within a few years of installation.

M271 - Southampton, UK

What did we do?

The project involves a highway expansion and national grocery distribution centre by Stuart Micheal Associates and Lidl Stiftung & Co.

Ecosupport Ltd conducted ecological site assessments and surveys for protected species in and around the areas assigned to be impacted by the development. Part of the mitigation included the installation of 450m of Animex temporary exclusion fencing to prevent any Slow Worms (Angius fragilis) or other reptiles and amphibians from entering the construction zones. Construction is currently underway and due to be completed in 2017.

Lake Simcoe - Ontario, Canada

What did we do?

We supplied and installed a discreet permanent multi-species exclusion fencing along multiple highways for the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority in Ontario, Canada. The installation method involved cutting into the roadside embankment so that it was out of sight for drivers and assisted in water run off from the highway.

We also built some turtle nesting mounds allowing females to lay their eggs safely on their favoured roadside verges. The Animex fencing will prevent the mature females and juveniles from entering the roadside and risk being killed.

Lafayette - California, USA

What did we do?

Road engineering works adjacent to a new housing development. 

We installed a temporary exclusion fence for D R Lemings Construction and Olberding Environmental to prevent Alameda Whip-snake (Masticophis lateralis euryxanthus) and California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii) from entering spoil banks associated with the adjacent development. The project is now complete and the Animex fencing is due to be reused on another upcoming project.