UK house builder vows to create bird friendly home developments

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A unique partnership between a home builder and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds aims to see more wildlife friendly housing developments being built in the UK. Barratt Homes has signed an agreement, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, with the RSPB to boost natural habitats at its forthcoming homes developments in Nottinghamshire using updated landscaping and gardening techniques. As the country's urban wildlife struggles, with 60% of bees, birds, bugs and mammals facing decline, it is hoped that this agreement between the major home builder and the bird protection charity will help boost biodiversity. ‘With hundreds of thousands of homes needed across the country in the next few years, now is the time for conservationists and home builders to pull together to ensure the wildlife is boosted rather than ousted in the process,’ said Mike Clarke, chief executive of the RSPB. ‘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,’ he added. The partnership will also see Barratt Homes working with the RSPB to raise employee awareness of wildlife friendly best practice across its sites in the region and throughout its supply chain nationally. ‘Our partnership with the RSPB will demonstrate how we can 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 John Dillon, managing director of Barratt Homes North Midlands. He pointed out that Barratt Homes prides itself on creating exceptional homes in the finest locations and recently achieved the maximum five star house builder rating in a customer satisfaction survey conducted by the Home Builders Federation (HBF). Taylor Scott International

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