Firm signs agreement with RSPB

Unique homes deal will help protect wildlife

housebuildingA unique partnership agreed with Britain’s biggest homebuilder promises to see more wildlife-friendly housing developments being built in Scotland.

Barratt Homes and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds have signed an agreement – the first of its kind in the UK –  to boost natural habitats at its developments.

As the country’s urban wildlife struggles, with 60% of plants and animals facing decline, it is hoped that this agreement between the major homebuilder and conservation charity will help boost biodiversity.

Welcoming the partnership, Mike Clarke, chief executive of the RSPB, said: “With hundreds of thousands of homes needed across the country in the next few years, now is the time for conservationists and homebuilders to pull together to ensure the wildlife is boosted rather than ousted in the process.

“We are confident that many positive steps can be taken to build wildlife into new housing developments, giving nature and people a home and increasing quality of life, and all relatively simply and cheaply.”

The partnership will also see Barratt Homes working with the RSPB to raise employee awareness of wildlife-friendly best practice across its sites in the region and throughout its supply chain nationally.

Douglas McLeod, regional director at Barratt Scotland, which has 43 developments, said: “Our partnership with the RSPB will demonstrate how we can protect and enhance the biodiversity of the local area, benefitting the economy, creating employment and improving health and wellbeing for our customers and the communities we create.”

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