Solving the housing crisis for the birds and the bees

Cornish property developer attracts wildlife to Crantock housing development.

Award-winning Newquay property developer, Legacy Properties, has introduced measures to attract wildlife to its Halwyn Meadows development, a collection of 59 new homes currently under construction in the historic coastal village of Crantock in north Cornwall.

Working with Perranporth-based design company Green&Blue, which creates eco-friendly products using waste material from the Cornish china clay industry, Legacy has installed 30 bee bricks, 33 swift blocks and 27 bat blocks into the development to create safe nesting habitats for solitary bees, swifts and bats.

In the UK, there are 270 species of bee and 90% of these are solitary, meaning they do not tend to live in colonies like bumble and honey bees. They are highly efficient pollinators. For instance, a single red mason bee is equivalent to 120 worker honeybees in the pollination it provides.

Green&Blue’s sales and marketing manager Faye Clifton said, “Unfortunately, population of these species is declining, for example, the population of swifts has declined by more than 50% in the last 20 years alone. Reasons for decline include loss of habitat, use of pesticides and climate change.

“By providing new nesting sites, Legacy is helping to reverse this decline and is contributing to species protection.”

Studies by the RSPCA have shown that 75% of homeowners think it’s a good idea to implement simple measures into the home which support wildlife.

It is something that Legacy also believes is worthwhile and helps to create a more sustainable environment. Legacy’s managing director Nick Long said, “We support the view that relatively simple measures can help preserve wildlife over the longer-term. For Legacy, this is about best practice and minimising impact on the environment.

“As an area close to a Site of Special Scientific Interest, we hope to extend the areas in which nature can flourish and provide a safe habitat in which bees and other species in decline can nest.

“We hope to work with Green&Blue again in the future to create richer biodiversity throughout our developments.”

The new homes at Halwyn Meadows start from £265,000 and will benefit from NHBC Buildmark warranties, standard across all Legacy-built properties.

For further information, please contact David Ball New Homes on 01637 850850 or email


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