Bucks Homebuyers consider Wildlife when choosing a new home

  |  Published: Nov 19th 2018
birdfeeder, image courtesy David Wilson Homes

It’s good news for wildlife in Buckinghamshire, as a survey has revealed potential homebuyers in the county would consider nature, and the effect properties may have on it, when moving home.

The survey has revealed 52% of residents in the area would take into account the impact that a homebuilder has had on local wildlife and this would influence their decision to move.

Conducted by leading housebuilders Barratt Homes Northampton and David Wilson Homes South Midlands, the survey results gave an insight into the amount of people in the area who do believe wildlife should be preserved in new housing sites.

The research comes after the developers recently announced the renewal of their partnership with the RSPB, which aims to deliver more wildlife friendly housing and helps to give nature a home.

Barratt and David Wilson Homes and the RSPB currently have a close relationship and work together to boost biodiversity and promote wildlife at developments across the county.

Features that are already being implemented into developments to ensure wildlife is preserved are hedgehog highways, bird and bat boxes, bee friendly plants and swift bricks.

Over the last 50 years 56% of species have declined while 15% are at risk of disappearing from our shores altogether. With the country’s wildlife continuing to struggle the ground-breaking partnership between Europe’s largest nature conservation charity and the country’s largest housebuilders is setting the benchmark for nature friendly homes.

Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “Our partnership with the RSPB is important to help demonstrate how we can protect and enhance the biodiversity of the local area, benefitting our customers and the wildlife in and around our developments.

“At our developments we work closely with the RSPB to ensure we aren’t just building homes for residents, but also the fantastic wildlife in the area.”

Jason Hearn, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes South Midlands, said: “It is fantastic to see so many Buckinghamshire residents considering local wildlife in the area and we want to reassure our customers that nature is well catered for wherever we build new homes.

“Here at David Wilson Homes, we want to work closely with our customers to ensure our British wildlife is preserved at our developments as this is extremely important to us.”  

The first three years of the partnership have been a resounding success with 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.

Barratt Homes Northampton currently has properties for sale in Buckinghamshire at the following developments: Brooklands and Fairfields in Milton Keynes. David Wilson Homes Northampton also has properties available to reserve at Fairfields.

David Wilson Homes South Midlands also has a selection of homes available in Buckinghamshire at the following developments: Brooklands in Milton Keynes and Eagles’ Rest in Wavendon. 

For more information on any nearby housing developments, please call the Barratt Homes sales team on 033 3355 8481 or the David Wilson Homes sales team on 033 3355 8486. Alternatively you can visit www.barratthomes.co.uk or www.dwh.co.uk.  

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