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Giving nature a Barratt Home

We’re passionate about making sure our developments are great places for both homeowners and wildlife to live in. That’s why we partnered with the RSPB, the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, since 2014. Together, we made it our mission to improve the way in which nature and wildlife are incorporated into our new communities – and we’re very proud of what our partnership has achieved so far.

Encouraging nature to thrive

With British wildlife in decline it’s essential that we, the UK’s largest housebuilder, are considering nature and the environment with every home we build.

We’re committed to building wildlife into new housing developments wherever possible, making sure that people and wildlife can live happily alongside each other at our developments for years to come.

RSPB hedgehogs

(Ben Hall)

How we're building a future for nature

RSPB bees

(Grahame Madge)

To encourage local wildlife to thrive in our developments, we plant an average of 20 shrubs or trees for each home that we build, and are making strides in ensuring these are the best types for wildlife.

We’ve also taken steps to help save British wild bees by changing the way we landscape open spaces and showhome gardens at over 400 developments nationwide.

In 2017 we were delighted to win the prestigious NextGeneration innovation award for our work, in partnership with the RSPB, to boost the number of swifts in the country. With the UK’s population of swifts in serious decline, building new homes for the birds was an important goal of our partnership. Scooping the award for our innovative new brick which is also a nesting box for swifts, we’re now planning to install hundreds of these nesting boxes in our developments across the country.

Help bring nature closer to home

You can do your bit for the environment by taking some simple measures to encourage wildlife into your garden. Whether you’d prefer to plant trees and shrubs for animals to shelter in or provide regular feed for garden birds, there are plenty of ways you can help nature to thrive in your surroundings.

Planting insect-friendly plants such as lavender, alliums, foxgloves and honeysuckle is a great way to help support British wild bees. And, to make your garden even more tranquil, why not add a pond or water feature?

Find out how you can make your garden more wildlife friendly with this handy guide:

Or find out how you can make your balcony more wildlife friendly with this handy guide: 

To discover other ways you can help bring nature closer to home or to become a member, head over to the RSPB website.