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Buildings and biodiversity

Find out how you can combine buildings maintenance with enhancing biodiversity.

Maintaining buildings while protecting biodiversity

When maintaining existing buildings and infrastructure, take care to ensure that biodiversity will not be adversely affected.

For example, you should check for signs of bats using buildings, otters using watercourses and nesting birds in trees.

For guidance, read Buildings, Highways and Infrastructure Maintenance.

Schools, colleges and universities

If you manage school builds, refurbishments or existing school grounds, even small changes can help improve biodiversity and increase the learning potential of your setting. Many educational establishments are now working to encourage wildlife by adding to the variety of natural environments on their campuses.

Use these guides to help implement biodiversity projects in schools and on further education and university campuses:

Town centres

It’s easy to think of town and city centres as grey built-up areas with no biodiversity. But that’s simply not the case!

Most towns and cities have parks, gardens and allotments (see grounds and habitat management) and other urban greenspace, as well as green infrastructure. All of these provide habitat for biodiversity.

It is therefore important to design and plan developments in our town centres keeping biodiversity in mind.

For further information, see:

Hospitals and nursing homes

There is a significant interaction between well-being, health promotion and biodiversity.

The benefits of biodiversity are not only environmental, but also aesthetic, spiritual, cultural and recreational.

Find out about contributing to a healthier Scotland and understand the benefits of biodiversity to physical and mental health, and the developing evidence base for this.

The following resources can help you to manage biodiversity in a healthcare setting: