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British Land urban wildlife habitats

Challenge

Create wildlife habitats in urban spaces.

Problem

Large urban areas suffer from a lack of habitat for wildlife. Protecting or enhancing potential habitats can increase biodiversity, improve the environment and enhance quality of life for surrounding communities.

Solution

British Land has been incorporating biodiversity into its strategic decision-making since 2005. It specialises in building green roofs, working with suppliers and occupants to design, plant and maintain urban habitats that provide shelter and foraging areas for a range of birds, beetles and bees, and support native plant species. Over the past few years the company has created green roofs on all 10 of its recent office developments in central London, as well as retrofitting them to some existing buildings.

The work is a result of collaboration with Arup Ecology and bespoke-designed to protect native urban species and deliver specific benefits to the local ecology. Green roofs are typically inaccessible and undisturbed, encouraging bees, butterflies and other insects. British Land is also committed to sharing its best practice experience and raising public awareness of biodiversity protection.

Benefits

60,000 square feet of green space created in London, seeing the return of some rare, endangered species
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