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Wildlife and Biodiversity

As well as setting ambitious but achievable targets for our buildings in terms of carbon use in operation, our proposals will support natural capital and make a measurable contribution to improving the natural environment.

We have collected baseline information to help us measure and evaluate the current condition of the natural assets on site. At present, the site has several features that are often associated with former railway sidings, including areas known as ‘Open Mosaic Habitat’.

Our plans will build on the existing natural assets by creating further habitat areas for reptiles, invertebrates, and birds. Including:

  • Flower-rich planting, with nectar-rich flowering species.
  • Log piles / deadwood habitats.
  • Shrub and tree planting.
  • Sandy ‘bee beaches’ and butterfly banks.
  • Biodiverse green and brown roofs to mimic Open Mosaic Habitat.
  • Bird and bat boxes, swales, and rain gardens.

Whilst a proportion of the Open Mosaic Habitat will be retained and enhanced, particularly along the Guided Busway, Cowley Road verges and around the temporary car parking North of Cowley Road, the plans do mean that we have to remove some of the biodiverse habitat.

To compensate for the loss of the Open Mosaic Habitat, we are committing to moving the existing soil from the Open Mosaic Habitat and transferring the rich seedbed to the rooftops. This is in addition to extensive native planting, including 93 new trees, and the creation of further wildlife habitats. Our approach will enhance on-site net biodiversity by at least 10%.

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If you have any questions about our project, please get in touch with a member of our community relations team.

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