A NORTH-EAST house developer is celebrating its ongoing partnership with a wildlife charity by adding further bird-friendly features to its new sites.

By 2023, Barratt Developments North East will further prioritise wildlife on its new developments by creating dedicated spaces for local biodiversity conservation which will include newly planted trees, a great number of hedgehog highways and swift nesting sties.

In addition, every new show home garden throughout the region will follow strict RSPB guidance which prioritises wildlife through specialist planting and landscaping, with at least 50 per cent of the gardens to receive special RSPB commendations.

As part of the ongoing partnership, Barratt Developments is also investing £1m across the county in an exciting new project with the RSPB to support people helping nature thrive in their gardens, balconies and eventually their community greenspaces.

Launching in 2021 and named Nature on Your Doorstep, the project will focus on the development of digital resources and an online community that delivers resources, connections and inspiration that will support people in creating their own shelters for wildlife in their local area.

Carl Sobolewski, managing director at Barratt, said: “As the country’s leading sustainable housebuilder, looking after nature is integral to the work that we continuously do through our partnership with RSPB.

"This is why we are committing to boosting wildlife and building nature-friendly developments, but not only that, as a community we all have a role to play in tackling the ecological and climate emergency."

"And through the actions we take for nature, by individuals or communities together, such as welcoming wildlife into gardens or greenspace, we will continue to make a huge difference."