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The UK’s busy developers have been ordered to do more to protect wildlife from the rampant annihilation that is visited upon it on an almost hourly basis.
Communities secretary James Brokenshire MP, for it is he, has revealed a set of expectations concerning how builders can protect specific species, if there are many left.
These include the use of hedgehog highways and hollow swift bricks, which are installed into the walls of new build homes and allow birds to nest safely.
According to the government, housebuilders ‘should think about the long-term impact of their developments on the local ecosystem, both during and after construction’. Ha, good luck with that.
One way the massively money-focused development sector can do its bit is to create drainage areas leading to attractive wetlands for birds and amphibians.
Brokenshire MP said: ‘Building the new homes this country needs must not come at the detriment of our natural heritage.
‘It’s right that as we deliver houses for people, we must also provide homes for wildlife too - whether that’s for hedgehogs, frogs, newts or birds.
‘The public have told us that protecting wildlife is important to them – so my message to house builders is to harness this support and get building in a way that protects the environment for the next generation.’
The MP has also called on developers to plant more trees and green meadows, which I’m sure they’ll all be absolutely delighted to do.