INSECTS, amphibians and other wildlife have found new homes in Moulton, Northamptonshire, thanks to Redrow.
The award-winning housebuilder takes pride in designing and building new communities that are great places to live. One of Redrow’s key design principles is ‘nature for people’, which can be seen in action at the Carey Fields development where it’s not just humans who’ve made their home there. Various creatures are also benefiting from the development.
Local resident Darryl Sutcliffe, who assists with the recordkeeping of dragonflies in Northamptonshire through the British Dragonfly Society, has been observing the different species that have colonised the area since work on the new homes started in 2014.
Darryl has a particular interest in places where new ponds or wetlands have been created and so was drawn to the balancing pond at Carey Fields, introduced to provide a natural solution to surface water drainage.
“Redrow has done a great job generally for the local environment,” he says.
“Redrow could have just put in a tank or a dry pond where the water runs off into a grassed area that fills up and dries out. Both of those options would have had minimal impact from a wildlife point of view. The balancing pond and other measures have made Carey Fields a desirable place for wildlife.”
Darryl uses a camera with GPS to make a note of the location and the species, including number and signs of breeding. He says that rather than having one relatively rare species, it’s useful to have a good diversity of common species.
Redrow launched Carey Fields in late 2014 and all but one of the homes for humans have been sold and it’s a well-established neighbourhood.
“Carey Fields has gone from species that like bare banks to those that like reeds and other aquatic vegetation. Early on there were black-tailed skimmers who like gravel edges and they are still there but not in the same numbers because they are competing with other aquatic animals,” Darryl explains.
“Redrow planted legumes which have attracted a large number of butterflies, including the rarity Clouded Yellow, which breeds in the UK, plus more common ones like the Red Admiral, Comma, Common Blue and Skipper species. A number of bumblebees and solitary bees, including the Hairy-Footed Flower bee and lots of types of mining bees have been spotted, plus a whole gamut of wasps.”
Darryl has recorded sightings of various species of dragonfly including Banded Demoiselle, Large Red Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Four-spotted Chaser, Broad-bodied Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, the earliest sighting of a Common Darter for the County on June 1 this year, and Ruddy Darter, the largest UK species the Emperor, plus a Red-eyed Damselfly he described as an “unexpected bonus”.
Good numbers of Common Newt have also been spotted in the central balancing pond.
As part of its wider biodiversity strategy, Redrow is also in a partnership with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. The two organisation are working together to create a lasting positive legacy for pollinators within the new communities Redrow builds.
Tonia Tyler, sales director for Redrow Homes (South Midlands), says: “We’re grateful to Darryl for monitoring the wildlife living in and around our Carey Fields development. At Redrow we’re committed to preserving and enhancing the ecology of the neighbourhoods in which we build and his findings give a fascinating insight into the positive impact new homes and the associated infrastructure can have on the environment.”
Time is running out for humans who want to make Carey Fields their home as there’s now just one property available, a four-bedroom detached Richmond priced at £567,950.
Redrow was established in 1974. Today, it is one of the most successful and acclaimed property developers in the UK, building over 5,400 premium quality family homes a year in prime locations across England and Wales. Over Redrow’s history spanning more than 40 years, it has earned a unique reputation for quality and building beautiful homes, which people love to live in. To help achieve this it also focusses on two other key areas: valuing people and creating outstanding locations. Implementing its strategy whilst engaging with colleagues and stakeholders helps Redrow deliver significant value to investors and the wider community. Redrow is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. For the year ended 30th June 2017, the Group reported record revenues of £1.65 billion. Redrow has been awarded the ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ title twice in the last three years at the What House? Awards. This year, Redrow was named as a UK Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the fourth consecutive year. Visit redrow.co.uk for more details.