About Building Wildlife

Building Wildlife defines its remit fairly broadly, allowing it to support a wide range of wildlife conservation projects and promote good practice in connection with building development and other human activities/ land uses. Our overarching mission is to secure a sustainable future for wildlife and habitat conservation in North East Wales.

The functions of Building Wildlife are:

  • To provide a link between the development and countryside sectors
  • To distribute developer financial contributions to enable nature conservation projects
  • To ensure funded actions are transparent, accountable, auditable, and directed to ensuring required biodiversity outcomes

We do this in line with The Environment (Wales) Act 2016, and its lists of priority species and priority habitats. Click on one of the links below to learn more;

The Board

Building Wildlife comprises a board of trustees who ensure overall operational functionality of the Charity through a steering group.  The Board are responsible for deciding what to take forward in line with the "Objects" of the Charity and for agreeing the mechanisms for delivery.  Their remit includes requesting advice on technical, procedural or administrative issues and the representation of Building Wildlife at meetings, seminars, events and conferences.

You can read more about the trustees and who they are on The Board page.

The Objects

Building Wildlife’s objects are "to promote for the benefit of the public the conservation and protection of species and their habitats, including Great crested newts, considered of principal importance through current wildlife legislation in Wales in areas of North East Wales (Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham)".

If you would like to apply for a grant from Building Wildlife to carry out a conservation project read more and apply on our Conservation Grants page.

If you are a developer considering compensating for your development’s impact on nature, read more and apply on our Developer Mitigation page.

What Building Wildlife Can Do

As a holder of financial resources associated with smaller-scale developments, its main purpose is to:

  • Facilitate strategic action, including:
  • Targeted dissemination of grants
  • The amalgamation of resources to enable land acquisition and strategic conservation action.
  • Develop and implement spatial conservation action for identified habitats and species, including identification of conservation objectives

Other areas may be considered subject to funding and clarification of conservation objectives.

Building Wildlife also arranges the approval of any conservation strategies, conservation objectives, and associated implementation plans or proposals including land acquisition and tendering for occupation by other public, private, or third sector organisations. 

If you'd like more information on the various services, expertise, and advice we can provide, just get in touch.  See our Contact Us page.

Are you contemplating carrying out a local conservation project? We’re here to offer advice & assist with funding.

Are you a developer that needs to provide mitigation or compensation for a new development?

Building Wildlife was originally proposed by a local authority biodiversity champion to emphasise...