How fencing protects the local environment


Given that we are all part of the same ecosystem, we must consider the natural world around us to continue survival. Living and working alongside nature, it’s important that the processes we never require negatively impact the world around us. From dangerous machinery and high voltage power supplies to chemical compounds that are toxic, unless measures are taken to mitigate risks, our industriousness can present significant threats to water supplies and surrounding wildlife.

While developed to protect sites of national importance, the latest advanced security fencing can provide robust assistance when safeguarding your local environment. However, when selecting fencing, it is also essential that the chosen product is compatible with the creatures who live close by and do not present a threat to animal life.

In the next sections, we’ll explore how fencing can protect the local environment from artificial threats.

Protecting endangered species

The UK is home to many protected species such as badgers and newts, and enterprises operating in areas inhabiting them must consider any risks to their safety. High-security fencing like ArmaWeave can be particularly effective at keeping areas that may present a threat to these creatures out of bounds. However, some fencing solutions can cause harm to animal life, presenting a possible trap that they can become stuck in when the apertures are too large. ArmaWeave is ideal in this respect as it forms an impenetrable barricade of woven mesh fencing that even smaller animals cannot bypass or become trapped in.

Safeguarding local ecosystems

Enterprises operating in the water industry or near watercourses must protect the supply itself and the flora and fauna it comes into contact with. Open stretches of water may need to be fenced off, defending against possible contamination from harmful chemicals and other kinds of artificial pollution, including fly-tipping.

Fencing can also provide a perimeter around areas where noxious chemicals are stored or may be spilt and where dangerous mechanical equipment is used to protect wildlife nearby from any potential harm.

How security fencing is coated and installed

When selecting secure fencing that may contact animals and effectively keep them out, it is important to pay particular attention to the materials used and how they are installed. Burrowing creatures like badgers may bypass fencing by digging beneath it and tunnelling through to the other side. Although, for this reason, anti-burrowing options should be considered as part of the installation, both concrete sills and backfilled buried fencing are notable solutions that offer strong support.

As mentioned before, any gaps in fencing must be too small for animals to slip through and never large enough for them to become ensnared while attempting to penetrate the defences you’ve put in place for their own safety.

Security fencing can come with different coatings, from powdered metal paints to rust preventatives. Considering that animals attempting to penetrate fencing will likely try to bite through it, any coatings chosen for the fences you install to keep them out must be entirely non-toxic, so they present no danger if ingested.

Experts in fencing solutions

Whether you are a local authority, operating a water treatment facility or are responsible for an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), if you require a fencing solution that is considerate of the environment, you can rely on Zaun any assistance required.

You can explore our full range of fencing on our website but don’t hesitate to contact our specialist team today for guidance on selecting the appropriate solution to suit your specific requirements on site.

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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