RSPB

To bee or not to bee: developer offers top tips for nature

Barratt Homes North Thames

Leading homebuilder Barratt Homes North Thames is offering homeowners in Bedfordshire its top tips for making their garden bee-friendly this summer.

The developer is encouraging people to make their garden a haven for our fuzzy friends, by planting flowers to attract them and making small changes to their garden to give bees somewhere to shelter.

There are over 250 bee species in the UK, and most face threats such as loss of habitat, climate change and disease. They are vital to the food chain, with one in every three mouthfuls of food consumed by humans dependent on pollination, including apples, pears, onions, potatoes, cherries, chilies, carrots, margarine and herbs.

Glenn Copper, Sales Director at Barratt Homes North Thames, said;

Barratt homes plants its feet firmly in wildlife gardening

Barratt Homes

Barratt Homes has teamed up with the RSPB to give its customers five top tips this season on how they can give nature a home while the warmer weather is kicking in.

The tips and tricks on what to do as the seasons change are fun for all of the family and have been carefully selected by Barratt Homes to fit around a small budget and a time frame of less than two hours.

So if you want to do a little bit to help preserve Britain’s wildlife or you want to transform your garden for all of nature to enjoy this season, Barratt Homes and the RSPB have got you covered.

1. Create nature highways and byways

Leading homebuilder takes swift action for declining birds

Oakfields

Five star housebuilder David Wilson Homes has taken a swift initiative at its Oakfields development in Harbury to provide homes for feathered friends as well as new residents.

A carpenter for David Wilson Homes crafted some handmade swift boxes which have now been put up on the show homes and throughout trees at the Bush Heath Lane development. The homebuilder is hoping to provide a home for the fast flying birds, whose breeding numbers have nearly halved in the last 20 years due to declining nesting sites.

John Fitzgerald, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes Mercia, said:

Heathcote pupils learn about hedgehogs with habitat donation from David Wilson Homes

Hedgehog Awareness Week

David Wilson Homes has celebrated Hedgehog Awareness Week (30th April-6th May) by donating two hedgehog homes to a local primary school in Heathcote next to its Poets Meadow development.

Heathcote Primary School has welcomed the donation of the Hogilos as part of the awareness week as its ‘Heathcote Hedghogs’ class is currently learning about the little critters and will be able to find out more about them with their new hedgehog homes.

The Hogilos will be put in the play area of the school and keep the little creatures safe from any prickly situations. The habitats are recommended by experts to provide a sturdy and waterproof home for hedgehogs seeking shelter.

RSPB and Barratt extend partnership to give nature a home in West Sussex

 RSPB

A unique partnership between the RSPB and Barratt Homes has been renewed and extended for another three years. The partnership aims to deliver more wildlife friendly housing across the West Sussex region, helping to give nature a home.

Barratt and the RSPB will work together to boost biodiversity and promote wildlife. Through such initiatives as hedgehog highways, wild bee friendly planting and swift bricks, the aim of the partnership is to help all forms of wildlife and nature on new housing developments.