Landscape design is key to development schemes, but sometimes it can be difficult to include biodiversity enhancements due to pressures associated with budgets and timescales.
There are some simple ways to effectively incorporate opportunities for wildlife within schemes, and The Bat Conservation Trust have recently published some guidelines on how to incorporate ecological enhancements within landscape and urban design which provide benefit to wildlife, particularly bats. This document includes a range of ecological enhancements that could be included within proposals. The enhancements predominately aim to enhance opportunities for bats; however can benefit a range of species. The document includes details on incorporating green roofs, green walls, linear features, lighting, and suitable plant species that can be planted on site.
Ecological enhancements to schemes can help contribute towards BREEAM credits and planning applications. They also provide high quality green open spaces for people to enjoy.
Click here to read Part II of the Landscape and Urban Design for Wildlife blog.