habitat translocation

The lifting and transport to a new site of a whole habitat, largely an assemblage of plants and the soil or water they are growing in. According to the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, habitat translocation is never entirely successful and so should be viewed as a last resort, and no habitat should be translocated from any site significant for biodiversity.

This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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