Increase the amount of native hedgerow and trees planted in new developments in Taunton

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Many animal species are currently in decline and a major contributor to this is the continuing urban development and construction of housing estates resulting in the loss of habitat for species such as birds. Garden birds such as robins, song thrushes, sparrows and starlings are all species that are currently in decline due to a reduction in suitable habitat. With expanding urban infrastructure reducing natural habitat, garden bird species are becoming more dependent on our gardens to sustain themselves. However they need native berry-bearing plants and healthy invertebrate populations to feed on as well as suitable nesting areas. Although this can be done on an individual scale by making your garden more wildlife friendly, an increase in native hedgerow, trees and flowers planted during new housing developments could greatly reduce the negatiuve imapact that the loss of natural habitat has on animals, including garden birds.

In Taunton and the surronding area there is currently many new housing estates being built, with plans for more in the future, potentially having a massive detrimental effect on the local wildlife. Although some trees and green areas are incorporated into these plans, more can be done to safeguard the species in the area by ensuring Taunton Deane Borough Council increases the native trees and hedgerows planted and provides larger proportions of green areas per area developed. This will not only reduce the decline of garden birds and other species in the Taunton area but will also provide a better environment for the people who live there. Access to green spaces has been shown to improve peoples mental and physical health, allowing them to get more exercise and reduce their stress levels.

Showing your support for this cause can highlight the importance of green spaces for people living in Taunton and across the country to Taunton Deane Borough Council and can ensure they take action to protect and conserve local wildlife populations by having stricter requirements for any future developments.