New guidance recently released by the Wildlife Trusts has set out a blueprint for building nature friendly homes, highlighting the environmental and economic benefits of this for developers, residents and wildlife.

The guide highlights the importance of retaining and protecting natural habitat such as woods, copses, hedges and streams.  Creating new habitat can be achieved by incorporating bat roosts, bird boxes wildflower verges along roads or formal open spaces and wildlife friendly sustainable urban drainage designs into new developments.

For developers, building greener developments can increase market values, make their developments more desirable to buyers, achieve long term value through higher sustainability rankings and enhance their brand value.

Natural green spaces and trees will benefit residents by stabilising temperature, reducing pollution, allowing people to enjoy wildlife near to their homes and creating opportunities for fresh air, exercise and quiet contemplation provide health benefits to residents.

Click here to access the new guidance