Kyra Barboutis and Sophie Smith, co-founders of Hedgehog Friendly Town, visited Birnam Mews, for a discussion on the preservation and protection of local wildlife, particularly locally endangered hedgehogs.
Recently awarded RSPCA’s Young Person Award, Kyra, and Sophie, both aged 13, set up Hedgehog Friendly Town 4 years ago, with a mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release hedgehogs back into the wild around Stratford-upon-Avon. On their visit to Birnam Mews, they gave their specialist hedgehog support and advice to our site team, offering to be on-call, should any hedgehogs be found on site during construction.
Kyra Barboutis said, “We understand there is a need for new homes to be built and we are especially thrilled that L&Q are working with us to ensure that they are protecting our wildlife as much as possible. I just hope that other developers follow suit.”
Our work to ensure the protection of local habitats at Birnam Mews began in construction phases, pledging to maintain hoarding and a green buffer around the edge of the site. Beyond construction, the fully completed scheme will include hedgehog-friendly fencing, mature hedgerow and low boundary fencing, all allowing wildlife a safe journey across the site.
The existing hedgerow will also be renovated and protected, whilst informal wild flowers and log piles will populate the southern side of the site, providing an attractive habitat for butterflies and insects.
Kyae Lee, L&Q’s Design & Technical Lead said: “L&Q is committed to maintaining the local wildlife in Tiddington. We are invested in Warwickshire for the long term, working with the community. It was a pleasure to meet with Kyra and Sophie and explain our plans. We’re delighted to be working together.”
The first homes at Birnam Mews launch this October, ranging from one and two bedroom mews houses through to four bedroom family houses.