David Wilson Homes is creating new homes with a difference at its latest development in Beckington.
The five star housebuilder has commissioned an ecological mitigation plan to identify and protect wildlife at the site of its De Cheney Gardens development.
Niall Machin from Waterman Group, which carried out the work, said the main ecological interest was a good population of slow worm – protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
“This part of Beckington mostly consists of a ploughed field bounded by hedges, and the slow worm can be found in the field margins and hedge base,” he said. “We also found eight species of bats – including the rarer lesser horseshoe and greater horseshoe – which use these areas to forage and commute.
“As part of the project, we carried out a breeding bird survey, finding 25 species – but are content that they need no special protection. Our ecological mitigation plan, which is approved by the local planning authority ecologist, includes streaming the field margins and erecting reptile fencing – to encourage the slow worm to move into neighbouring suitable habitat.
“Once De Cheney Gardens is complete, our plan is to remove the fencing, allowing the slow worm to move into a new specially-created grassland area here. We will also retain and strengthen the hedgerows, so bats can continue to use them for foraging.”
Louise Ware, sales director at David Wilson Homes, added: “In light of this extensive report, we are introducing further measures to not only protect the local wildlife here in Beckington, but to help it thrive. When we create new developments, human residents are hugely important to us – but so is the incumbent wildlife. I’m delighted to be implementing this vital ecological mitigation plan.”
Additional measures include:
- Installation of seven nesting boxes for a range of bird species
- Creation of a new pond
- Minimising lighting where bats are foraging in hedgerows
- Structured native tree and shrub planting either side of the access road to aid bats going ‘up and over’ the road
- Installation of four bat roosting boxes
- Forward management of the reptile area to ensure a species-rich grassland is maintained.
De Cheney Gardens in Beckington near Frome is a development of two, three, four and five bedroom homes.
For more information about homes at De Cheney Gardens, which are now selling from £550,000 please call 0844 5710 385 or visit dwh.co.uk