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Birds and bees: why new buildings need to support the natural world

By Becky Thomas, Senior Teaching Fellow in Ecology, Royal Holloway University of London
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Nature can thrive in cities with the right opportunities, and some English councils are working to help develop homes for wildlife within new buildings.

New planning laws in Brighton and Hove now require developers to install bricks for bees and swifts into all new buildings taller than five metres. These are hollow bricks with an entrance hole for birds, or bricks with lots of small holes to allow tubes for nesting bees. Hackney Council has


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