Looking after wildlife

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Leading local housebuilder Barratt Homes has joined forces with the RSPB in a bid to create the most nature-friendly developments in the region.

The partnership between the UK’s best known homebuilder and Europe’s largest nature conservation charity comes at a time when much of the UK’s urban wildlife is in trouble – with around 60 per cent of bees, birds, bugs and mammals in decline.

Barratt Homes, which is currently creating new homes across Hampshire, has signed an agreement to incorporate features such as landscaping and planting guidance to create wildlife-friendly habitats across its future developments in the south west.

Ian Wallace from Barratt Homes said the five-star housebuilder has a strong commitment to maintaining and enhancing local ecology and this new partnership ensures that nature will continue to be a priority.

‘Our partnership with the RSPB will demonstrate how we protect and enhance the biodiversity of the local area, benefitting the economy, creating employment and improving health and wellbeing for our customers and the communities we create,’’ said Ian.

Mike Clarke chief executive of the RSPB, said: ‘With hundreds of thousands of homes needed in the next few years, now is the time for conservationists and homebuilders to pull together to ensure the wildlife is boosted rather than ousted in the process. We are confident that many positive steps can be taken to build wildlife into new housing developments, giving nature and people a home and increasing quality of life, and all relatively simply and cheaply.’