The Government has set out its expectations on how developers can protect specific species – including using ‘hedgehog highways’ and hollow swift bricks.
Swift bricks installed in the walls of new build homes allow the birds to nest peacefully throughout the year.
Hedgehog highways are created by making space for hedgehogs to roam through back gardens allowing them to seek food and habitat to nest.
House builders must now think about the long-term impact of their developments on the local ecosystem, both during and after construction.
This includes greater emphasis on using innovative ways to allow nature to thrive – such as drainage areas to create attractive wetlands for birds and amphibians to live alongside people.
Communities Secretary James Brokenshire 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.”
Brokenshire has also called for developers to plant more trees and green meadows – giving vital insects such as the British honey bee a safe haven to thrive.