Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes are creating a special community with a difference in Yate at the new Ladden Garden Village.
The five star housebuilders have commissioned an ecological plan to identify and protect wildlife at the site of the development - which features a range of two, three and four bedroom homes.
The site, located just north of Yate town centre, includes around 101 hectares of mostly arable and improved pastureland - with a network of hedgerows including mature oak and ash trees.
Other habitats within the site boundary include semi-improved neutral grassland, scattered scrub, dense scrub, marshy grassland, open water, and both permanent and ephemeral watercourses.
Andrea Pilgrim, sales director for Barratt Homes, said: “This report is allowing us to introduce important measures to protect wildlife here in Yate. Our future buyers are very much at the forefront of our minds when we create new developments - but so is the incumbent wildlife.
“This is an excellent ecological plan, and I’m delighted we also have an ecologist present at the site, providing important guidance throughout the planning and construction process.”
Caroline O’Rourke, senior ecologist at BSG Ecology, added: “We have been involved with this site since 2009, carrying out a number of ecological surveys. Our findings show the area supports a number of protected species - including dormouse, great crested newt (GCN), bats, reptiles, harvest mouse, hedgehog, badger, and breeding birds such as barn owls.
“BSG Ecology has prepared a site-wide ecological and landscape plan - also referred to as the Ecology Strategy - as part of the development’s planning process.
“We şet out mitigation and enhancement measures associated with the protected and notable species and habitats present here. Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes have designed Ladden Garden Village with these measures in mind - minimising the effect of this new community on the wildlife and nature already living here.”
Measures to protect wildlife and habitats at Ladden Garden Village include:
Creation of a robust wildlife corridor linking two GCN breeding ponds in the north and south of the site, to provide new habitat for GSN and other wildlife.
Retention of all important hedgerows and many mature trees.
An extensive new habitat, including wildflower grassland, hedgerow, scrub and ponds.
Protection of retained and newly created habitats with robust tree fencing.
Bat, bird and dormouse boxes.
Hibernation locations for reptiles and amphibians.
Hedgehog holes in garden fences.
Relocation of GSNs and reptiles to a safe receptor area - protecting them from construction activities.
To find out more about Ladden Garden Village, visit barratthomes.co.uk or call 0330 057 6000 or www.dwh.co.uk or call 0330 057 2222