1-2pm Thursday 2 May 2024

Talk Synopsis

In this presentation Mark will talk about why and where there is a need for seed-based
restoration; specifying and sourcing native origin seed in the global context; the three-stage approach for ecological best practice; seed zones and maintaining local genetic diversity; traceability, transparency and quality; timing; harvesting methodology and logistics.

Receptor sites will also be discussed in the context of the challenges of natural colonisation; stockpiled topsoil; the theory of site preparation and machinery used; the theory of seed testing; sowing rates for Yellow rattle and brush harvest material; the main differences between brush and green hay transfer methods; mycorrhizal fungi and restoration; management and remedial action.

Mark will also look at the progress in developing a network of quality donor sites across Ireland.

Q and A


Mark Bryson’s background is in horticulture and the production of organic herbs. He is a founder member of EcoSeeds Ltd which was set up in1996 as a wild flower seed producing company. Over the years the organisation has been involved in many habitat restoration projects and so there are now two parts to EcoSeeds: the seed producing part and the habitat restoration part.

Mark is the senior consultant working with an agricultural contractor and an agricultural engineer to deliver seed-based restoration projects. EcoSeeds pioneered brush harvesting in Ireland and have developed specialised seeding and harvesting equipment. They have delivered a broad range of large-scale habitat restoration schemes compatible with Biodiversity Net Gain, Carbon Code, and Nature Restoration Law; and have worked with a wide variety of organisations and individuals including government departments and agencies, local councils, landowners, commercial developers, and environmental NGOs.

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