East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have joined forces for a campaign aimed at protecting wildlife on building sites.
Together they have produced a set of guidelines for the construction industry highlighting simple measures that can be taken to protect birds, bats, hedgehog and hibernating species on development sites.
The campaign also offers advice on planting native wildflowers as part of a project to boost an area’s ecosystem.
A range of six posters have been produced, featuring different advice on subjects including cutting vegetation, lighting used on sites and the storage of building materials, which can all have an effect on the local wildlife.
The information was produced with guidance from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and will be made available to contractors, builders and developers across the Yorkshire region, as well as being promoted online and on social media.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council launched the scheme as one of the lead authorities of YORhub – a collaboration of five Yorkshire and Humber councils working together to offer construction frameworks which promote good practice in the construction industry and the use of quality contractors and consultants for public sector projects in the region.
Councillor Symon raser, portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment, said: “Development sites can offer wildlife a welcome and surprisingly safe refuge, however wildlife can be particularly vulnerable to the effects of construction works in our region.
“The aim of this campaign is to encourage YORhub members and clients to include these guidelines in their contracts when commissioning building projects, and for contractors to be aware of the simple measures they can take to help protect the local environment.”
David Craven, regional manager of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, said: “Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is delighted that YorHub is publicising ways to make development sites safer for wildlife, and encouraging contractors to be aware of opportunities to enhance sites for wildlife. We believe in encouraging responsible development."
The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has more information on planning and biodiversity online at www.ywt.org.uk/wildlife/planning and the posters can be downloaded from there.
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