ALMOST three-quarters of homebuyers in Oxfordshire said the impact of developments on wildlife would play a role in their decision, a survey has found.

The research, which was done by housebuilder David Wilson Homes Southern, found 72 per cent of residents in the county revealed they would take into account the effect that a developer has had on local wildlife when deciding where to move.

It comes after the company announced the renewal of its partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), which aims to deliver more wildlife friendly housing.

David Wilson Homes, which has developments across the county, and the RSPB currently work together on measures such as hedgehog highways, bird and bat boxes, bee-friendly plants and swift bricks.

Rob Allen, sales director at David Wilson Homes Southern, said: “Our partnership with the RSPB is important to help demonstrate how we can protect and enhance the biodiversity of the local area, benefitting our customers and the wildlife in and around our developments.

“At our developments we work closely with the RSPB to ensure we aren’t just building homes for residents, but also the fantastic wildlife in the area. It is fantastic to see so many Oxfordshire residents considering local wildlife in the area."