Barratt Homes and RSPB urge Haywards Heath residents to share outdoor spaces with wildlife
Housebuilder Barratt Homes has joined forces with the RSPB to encourage Haywards Heath residents near its Wychwood Park development to share their outdoor spaces with wildlife.
The three-year Nature on Your Doorstep project, launched by Barratt Southern Counties, aims to curate an online community that cares for wildlife and offers a variety of digital resources.
Visitors to www.rspb.org.uk/yourdoorstep will find gardening guides, step-by-step ‘Wildlife Action’ videos, seasonal gardening advice and forums to post questions and share success stories.
“Our local wildlife has been an incredible source of comfort over the past year of isolation and uncertainty,” said Adrian Thomas, the RSPB’s wildlife gardening expert.
“With Nature on Your Doorstep we want to provide a place for everyone to learn from each other, ask questions, and be inspired to do more.”
Adrian said seven out of eight households in Britain have a garden and that these can provide a ‘crucial lifeline’ for struggling species.
He said birds like the house sparrow have seen their numbers halve in the past 40 years, while 28 species of urban butterflies are down 69 per cent in three decades.
“This is all about helping homeowners to turn their garden into havens for wildlife,” said Lynnette St-Quintin, sales and marketing director for Barratt Southern Counties.
“We want to empower people to give nature a home by creating an online community for them to learn and to share their experiences.”
Barratt Southern Counties is currently building its Wychwood Park development in Rocky Lane, Haywards Heath.
This features a range of four and five-bedroom homes with prices starting at £505,995.
The housebuilder said a variety of measures will help promote biodiversity onsite, and that nature-friendly features have been installed in show home gardens like ‘swift bricks’ and ‘bee-friendly planting’.
To find out more about Wychwood Park visit www.barratthomes.co.uk or call 0333 355 8498.