Giving nature a home at Kingsbrook.
Hedgehogs to house sparrows, bluebells to bees - 60% of the UK’s wildlife is declining, much of it rapidly. Nature is in trouble. Together we need to give nature a home. And across the country people are taking action, tiny and huge, to help wildlife. With a bit of effort and imagination, new houses, schools and gardens can be really good for wildlife.
The RSPB is working with Barratt Developments and Aylesbury Vale District Council to explore ways to help nature as Kingsbrook is built. We know nature makes people healthier and happier, so we hope Kingsbrook’s nature-friendly approach will create a good community in which to live.
Kingsbrook is being created on what was mainly agricultural land, where there were fields of grass and cereals divided by some mature hedgerows and scattered pools. Inevitably, wildlife around the site will change as the homes, schools and roads are built.
We hope some species will move in, such as hedgehogs and that others will increase, such as house sparrows, starlings and bees.
In order to be sure that Kingsbrook delivers more wildlife once it is built, the RSPB has extensively surveyed the site prior to building starting. And the charity will return and re-survey Kingsbrook over the years to see how wildlife responds. But we won't count our 'chicks' before they hatch - our surveys will tell us if we are right.
The conservation lessons being learned with Barratt at Kingsbrook are being used to influence decision-makers nationally to change the way things are done. Giving nature a home across the UK.
Kingsbrook is being designed so that wildlife can move around and through the green space and the residential areas. Whether it is hedges, strips of wildflower grassland or gaps under fences and walls, wildlife shouldn’t have the barriers it normally faces
Friendly green space, excluding gardens – setting a new standard, the new homes will be surrounded by large areas of ponds, parks, meadows, orchards and a nature reserve
Rather than channelling rainwater straight underground into pipes, in many places it will be directed along ‘rills’ and ‘swales’ on the surface: great homes for wildlife, slowing the flow and using nature to clean the water
More native shrubs, hedges, areas of wildflower grassland for pollinators and butterflies.
In Oakfield Village there will be swift boxes, house martin cups, sparrow boxes, a kingfisher / sand martin bank, a barn owl box, bat roost boxes, a loggery, dragon fly perches, wildlife tunnels, bat hop over points, a shallow invertebrate bay and a bug box at each show home.
Where there are plants, there is wildlife, so the new residents will be encouraged to get planting with window boxes, planters and trellis
Whether it’s a bug hotel, birdbox, pond or flower bed, make a big difference to nature and have some fun, too.
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