Encouraging Wildlife

Most developments have specific planning requirements that help encourage and protect native species and reduce damage to habitats caused during construction.  Examples include wildflower areas, nesting boxes, bat houses and snake habitats.  Meadfleet believe it is important that these features are protected and cared for responsibly.  To date we’ve seen great success with the management of Marsh Orchids, Lesser Horseshoe Bats, Great Crested Newts and Water Voles as well as reptiles, mining bees and the planting of native species.

Below are some examples of wildlife features that you might find on your development:

Wildflower areas

As well as providing a colourful and fragrant display, these create a feeding and nesting ground for insects, birds and other small animals.

It is worth noting that wildflowers are only at their best during the spring and summer months and aren’t always so visually appealing at other times of the year.  Following good practice guidelines, the flowers are normally cut back once or twice a year.  Sometimes wildflower areas will only be partially cut back, this may look a little bit odd but it helps retain some shelter and food for those animals that need it.

Hibernacula

Most amphibians and reptiles hibernate on land and need a cool, damp and dark shelter to protect them from predators.  Creating hibernation sites helps protect native wildlife over the winter months.

Basking area

Common reptiles need the heat of their environment to become active.  Some of our developments include basking areas for reptiles such as lizards and grass snakes.  Often these are just open areas of gravel or stone with nearby cover for the reptiles to retreat to should they feel threatened.

Native trees and shrubs

Trees are a key support system for wildlife, offering song perches, shelter, nesting sites and food.  They are also used by bats to help them navigate to and from their roosts.  Of course, by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, trees are also vitally important to us humans.

Wild grass areas

Sometimes leaving areas of grass to grow is part of the planning conditions on open space. This provides shelter and cover from predators for some species and feeding resources for others.

Ponds, waterways and ditches

These can provide invaluable habitats for protected species including great crested newts and water voles and these environments must be protected and managed responsibly.

Bat Houses

On some developments houses have been built to protect existing populations by providing a safe environment for bats to both hibernate and breed.

Meadfleet like to work with residents to encourage wildlife in their neighbourhoods and we do this in a variety of ways; from donating bird, bat and bug boxes to supplying guides on caring for hedgehogs or creepy crawlies!

If you would like to do more to support wildlife in your garden, why not try one of the following…

Bug and bee hotel

Ladybirds, woodlice, bees and many other bugs like safe nooks and crannies to shelter in.  Use natural materials like logs and dried leaves to create a bug and bee shelter.  Click on the image to find out more.

Bird boxes and feeders

Encourage birds by installing nesting boxes and feeders that are regularly topped up.  Click on the image for more information about installing nest boxes.  

Hedgehog care

Hedgehogs need your help!  Not only do they need shelter and nutrition they also need help to allow them to roam freely through your gardens to find natural sources of their favourite food.  Feed them cat food and make holes in your fences to allow them to move through.  Click on the image to learn more.

Log piles

Use dead wood to create a home and feeding ground for insects, toads, newts and bees.  The flaking bark, rotting timber and dark crevices create an ideal habitat. Position one in the sun to attract solitary bees.

Wildflower area

We think wildflower areas are a fantastic way of providing our struggling bees and butterflies with food and nesting opportunities.  Why not create one in your garden?  Scatter some wildflower seeds and cover with a thin layer of soil, keep watered until they begin to shoot and then leave them alone to flower.

Hibernacula

These are cool, dark shelters for small mammals, reptiles and amphibians.  To make your own simply dig an area of land to create a dip in the soil then pile bricks and wood on top and cover with turf, using old pipes to create small entrances.

For more ways to support wildlife, why not visit the following:

www.rspb.co.uk
www.wildlifetrusts.org
www.gov.uk/government/organisations/natural-england

 

We love to see photos of the wildlife on your developments, if you would like to share your snaps with us then please email them to customercare@meadfleet.co.uk.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”

Albert Einstein

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