The partnership between the RSPB and David Wilson Homes has been renewed and extended for another three years. It aims to deliver more wildlife friendly housing across Hampshire.
David Wilson Homes and the RSPB will work together to boost biodiversity and promote wildlife. Through such initiatives as hedgehog highways, bee friendly planting and swift bricks, the aim of the partnership is to help all forms of wildlife and nature on new housing developments.
Paul Crispin, Managing Director of David Wilson Homes Southern, said: “Our partnership renews our commitment to building great places that provide high quality homes and supports the environment for people and wildlife alike to thrive. We’ll continue to work together on nature friendly best practice that helps people, plants and animals alike become healthier and happier.”
Welcoming the renewal, Mike Clarke, Chief Executive of the RSPB, said: “The wildlife we see and hear where we live is important. Having birds, butterflies, bees, hedgehogs and other visitors in our gardens makes us feel good about where we live as well as improving our own sense of wellbeing. Unfortunately our natural world is in trouble, so it is vital that we look at how construction can be sympathetic to nature and how future communities can welcome wildlife.
“For three years the RSPB and David Wilson Homes have been working together to create spaces for nature and wildlife, and I am pleased that we will be continuing our partnership for another three years, leading to more new neighbourhoods being designed with nature in mind.”
The first three years of the partnership has seen the organisations working together to agree best practice on what are the best plants and shrubs to use in gardens, the best times in the year to survey local species and how to make good use of existing nature features on new developments. In addition the partnership is helping home owners by offering guidance and advice on how to help nature thrive.