Everyone deserves to live in a wildlife rich world. Unfortunately, nature is declining in the UK more rapidly than the global average.
Along with climate change, the loss of nature is one of the most serious threats we face and it’s something we’re taking very seriously. We’ve partnered with The Wildlife Trusts to launch a Nature for People biodiversity strategy across our developments to provide habitats where wildlife can thrive.
What is biodiversity?
Simply put, the definition of biodiversity is all the different species of plants, organisms and animals that live in a particular area.
Many issues are contributing to a reduction in biodiversity including intensification of agriculture, climate change, and loss of habitats to development. However, we believe good development can enhance nature by retaining and improving existing habitats, creating new wildlife-rich spaces and connecting with other natural places in the area.
Why biodiversity is important?
Biodiversity is the essence of our planet’s survival. Complex eco-systems support the survival of all wildlife on earth – and are essential to our own existence, providing us with everything we need to live including clean water, food sources, medicine and raw materials for shelter.
Not to mention, nature plays a huge part in our wellbeing and spending time in green environments has been proven to be beneficial for our physical and mental health.
Living in harmony with nature
Protecting the nature we have is no longer enough, we must all play a part to restore lost habitats and ensure nature thrives once more.
While our country needs new homes to be built, we must ensure this is accomplished without a loss to nature. On our developments we are aiming to protect existing habitats and compensate for the loss of lower quality habitats by creating new ones that are equal to or better than those lost – achieving what is known as biodiversity net gain.
This will impact where we buy land and how we plan our developments. In designing our projects, we will take inspiration from the local landscape and create species rich habitats with native planting and pollinator friendly areas.
We also want our homeowners, and residents within the surrounding community, to enjoy living close to nature. We’re creating wild spaces that people can enjoy and encouraging community participation by providing opportunities to grow edibles or learn about nature.
We’re also providing bird, bat and bug boxes and hedgehog highways to new homeowners and supporting them in creating eco- friendly gardens.
Throughout June we’ve been encouraging people to take part in The Wildlife Trust 30 Days Wild challenge. But if you didn’t have chance to do this in June, you could do this any month of the year!
Our top 5 tips for creating a biodiverse garden
Summer is a great time to work on your biodiverse outdoor space. Our article on creating a wildlife friendly garden has lots of tips to give you a head start while there are even more ideas to support nature in our month by month gardening guide.
Our top five tips for how to attract wildlife to your garden and support biodiversity are:
- Provide a clean water source for animals – ponds can be big or small
- Plant trees – these will provide places for nesting birds and every tree planted helps combat climate chance
- Vary your planting and opt for nectar rich flowers rather than cultivated varieties to support pollinators
- Let your grass grow – leaving areas of your lawn uncut can encourage wildflowers to grow and is a great habitat for insects
- Provide materials animals can use for shelter like log piles or create your own bug hotel