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Wildlife charity sets up unique ‘Estate Agency’ to boost access to homes for wildlife

Friday 28th April

Wildlife charity sets up unique ‘Estate Agency’ to boost access to homes for wildlife

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the county’s largest locally based wildlife charity has set up a unique Estate Agency to boost access to homes for wildlife.

The brainchild of Tim Sexton, Manager at the Charity’s Attenborough Nature Reserve, ‘Attenborough Estates’ offers a range of ‘des res’ home for everything from birds, bats and bees to hedgehogs.

Complete with a large for sale sign at the entrance to the Attenborough Nature Centre and a special window display highlighting the range of properties available, the idea is to promote the fact that a wide range of specially designed wildlife homes are now available for people to install in their gardens and to encourage people to think about helping our favourite wild creatures get on the property ladder all year round.

Speaking about the new agency Tim said: “We wanted to find a fun way of encouraging people to think about how they could do more to help wildlife in their gardens. People often think about putting up a bird box in spring, but there are so many great wildlife homes to choose from so you can improve your own property and give wildlife a home at any time of year.”

The charity has enlisted the help of the Beeston office of Robert Ellis Estate Agents who have provided wording for the property particulars. The range of properties they’ve helped describe includes a ‘sleek and contemporary’ Urban bee nester ‘ideal for city living’; a Bug Palace that provides ‘versatile accommodation over several levels’ and an Eco Nest Box ‘‘ideal for first time buyers who are price conscious and are keen to place a foot on the nest box ladder."

Tim added: “We thought it would be great to have input from a real estate agent to help us draw up the property particulars and the team at Robert Ellis were great to work with. Their descriptions are informative but using language more usually applied to houses for people, they are also tongue in cheek and raise a smile."

A spokesperson for Robert Ellis Estate Agents said:  “As a local business that sells more houses in the area than any other agent, we are happy to help and support Attenborough Nature Reserve and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.”

The Attenborough Estates idea also has the backing of Entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den investor Deborah Meden who visited the reserve last month and purchased a bird nesting box.

Tim explained: “Deborah Meden visited Attenborough Nature Reserve last month to do some filming for the BBC but whilst she was here she was struck by the idea of Attenborough Estate - she liked it so much she invested in a property for her own garden. We’re delighted to have an endorsement from a well-known business woman and we hope that the Nottinghamshire public will also back us by investing in more homes for wildlife.”

The range of properties can be viewed (without arrangement) at Attenborough Nature Centre

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