In fact, the recent report about the drastic decline in insect populations ought to be bugging every one of us. https://www.buglife.org.uk/news-and-events/news/insect-decline-a-major-global-crisis The paper points to the potential for the loss of 40% of insect species in the next few decades, which would be devasting for the very eco-systems that we rely upon. David Attenborough pulled no punches when he wrote ‘‘If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse.’
So, we’ve been asking ourselves at Ssassy, what contribution can we make to turning the tide? As habitat loss due to urban growth is one of the four key reasons cited for insect population declines, we fully understand that we are in an industry that is absolutely part of the problem. This is why when we are building homes for people, we are committed to creating homes for nature at the same time. With thought, imagination and some expert advice, we are always confident that we can significantly increase the biodiversity on our schemes. Good for the bugs and bunnies, but great for our human residents too.
We believe that nature is beautiful and uplifting and puts a spring in our step, and we want it to be a big part of the story as to what makes Ssassy Places great places to live.
At Springfield Meadows in Southmoor, Oxfordshire, we are celebrating this with a brand identity using the stunning Common Blue butterfly. Following advice from Butterfly Conservation’s Upper Thames Branch, we know that the main food plant of this butterfly is Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil, which we hope will flourish in the orchard and other communal spaces. The scheme’s brand is a clear statement of our commitment to nature from bugs to butterflies to birds. Springfield Meadows has 25 homes in large gardens with four diverse shared spaces, so we have plenty to play with. Over the next few months we will share with you all of our mini-initiatives for our mini-beasts. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
In the meantime, if you want to get a head start on planting for pollinators in your own garden, why not visit Butterfly Conservation’s gardening pages for plant lists and tips.
Or check out/join one or more of the following;
- Buglife https://www.buglife.org.uk/
- The local Wildlife Trust https://www.bbowt.org.uk/
- Butterfly Conservation https://butterfly-conservation.org/