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Wadswick Green gets a CIEEM ecological thumbs-up

20 Jul 2018 By Octopus Real Estate

We are delighted that our retirement village, Wadswick Green, has been recognised in this year’s Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Best Practice Awards, within the large-scale mitigation and/or enhancement project field.

Wadswick Green Continuing Care Retirement Community is a purpose-built village in the stunning Wiltshire Countryside, providing high quality living to those over 60.

Alongside the construction and development of the retirement village, we worked with Applied Ecology Ltd (AEL) in order to deal with a rather unusual problem. It was discovered that the most significant ecological constraint was the presence of roosting horseshoe bats that were making use of the site’s abandoned buildings.

To ensure the safe preservation of the bats and biodiversity of the site, brick-built bat houses were constructed, alongside the installation of two wildlife ponds and the planting of new woodland and meadow grassland. The approach was successful in sustaining and enhancing the site’s bat population, without impacting the construction and operation of the development.

At the awards, Wadswick Green was recognised as ‘Highly Commended’ in the nominated field, a fantastic outcome for all those involved.

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