Looking out for kingfishers

Hinkley Point C bat bridge

We gave some of the country’s rarest bats a new home following works at Hinkley Point C power station.

While undertaking essential preparation works for Hinkley Point C, certain protected species went in search of new places to live.

The partial removal of a particular treeline meant that navigation paths of barbastelle bats’ were disrupted. Barbastelles are extremely rare in Britain, with just five colonies identified in 2001.

A grant was given to enable the team to build a new habitat in an area of the site that bats, birds and reptiles call home. A bat bridge was constructed to allow the bats to move along their natural migration paths.

Creating this new habitat the team has eased the effects the works may of had on the barbastelle bats’ navigation paths and day-to-day movements.

Learn more about how we built a new habitat for this protected species >

Protecting hedgehogs

Bees

Bees are facing multiple threats, including habitat loss, climate change and pesticides.

As part of extension and refurbishment works to Manchester's Windmill Green the client wanted to create safe habits for local bee colonies. We introduced two hives and an apiary on the roof of the building, allowing the bees to thrive in an operating urban environment.

Regular ‘meet the bees’ sessions are held, where attendees can safely handle bees, honey-extracting workshops and informal discussions.

The hives contribute to a greener environment for the tenant and residents, and also create a positive impact on the surrounding ecosystem.

Find out more about how we created safe habits for bee colonies >