Agriculture around Lough Foyle, set-aside at Black Brae

Green infrastructure

How do we tackle the housing crisis and provide homes for wildlife?

Build for Nature

Wet meadows in flower, West Sedgemoor RSPB reserve, Somerset Levels, England

Homes and gardens have a vital role to play in reversing nature’s decline. Planning policies and the way developers build houses must be sensitive to the needs of our incredible wildlife. We work with public authorities and the construction industry to seek to ensure developments work for nature. Our partnership with Barratt Homes has shown how, with the right guidance, new housing developments can be nature friendly.

Showcasing what's possible

Adult swift poking its head out of a specially created Swift nesting brick on the side of a new build house, Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire

Kingsbrook on the outskirts of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, is a pioneering housing development where the RSPB is working with Barratt Homes to raise the bar for wildlife-friendly housing. This award-winning project features 60% greenspace where meadows and lakes are being created, with swift bricks, bat boxes, hedgehog highways and more being built into its 2,450 properties. It is becoming a shining beacon for developers everywhere.