Simple Changes #14

Provide spaces for wildlife such as bird boxes, insect home ponds and bat boxes – especially in new developments

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Problem

The State of Nature report brings together data and expertise from over 50 organisations, revealing how wildlife is fairing across the UK. It shows how many species are in decline, for example, some bat species have declined by 95%, largely due to loss of habitat.

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Simple Change

By creating homes where possible for swallows, bats, barn owls, bees, dragonflies and others, you can help to reduce this decline.

Case Study

Who is doing this?

Swift nest boxes fitted on a building
By installing simple Swift nest boxes, or even incorporating ‘Swift nesting bricks’ into new developments, the declining species may have a chance to recover
We all have a duty to protect our native wildlife and there are so many simple actions we can take to help conserve threatened species in our towns and villages. Public bodies are responsible for significant public buildings and green spaces, which can easily be enhanced for wildlife by installing bird and bat boxes. The Swift is one such species, it uses the crevices under the eaves of our buildings to raise its young, but unfortunately modern-day building renovation usually blocks these important nesting sites, preventing any birds using them again. By installing simple Swift nest boxes, or even incorporating ‘Swift nesting bricks’ into new developments, the declining species may have a chance to recover.” Jonathan Hulson | Living Landscape Officer, North Wales Wildlife Trust

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