Countesswells becomes a haven for all creatures great and small

19th September 2017

Nature has truly found a new home at Countesswells as we’ve unveiled 11 acres of green space and woodland.

As we deliver a new £800m community to the west of the city, Countesswells is unlike any other new town of its kind and scale because of the time, effort and resources being channelled into creating a haven for wildlife and nature, as well as people.

We recently commissioned environmental consultants, Ironside Farrar, to conduct a study into the biodiversity of Countesswells and they found that birds, bats, badgers and bugs of all shapes and sizes have burrowed and built nests throughout the many green spaces.

As Countesswells’ green spaces, waterways and parklands have joined Hazlehead Wood on the east with Countesswells Woods on the west to create a sprawling natural green landscape, we’ve been able to provide a natural forage route for amphibians, birds and insects. In addition, landscaping in the wider area includes vegetation species which are attractive to badgers, such as crab apple, elder, gean, guelder rose, hawthorn, holly, dog rose and rowan.

We’re growing the Countesswells community with the idea of keeping nature at its heart. A recent study by the University of Derby found evidence that living amongst – and interacting with – nature provides a myriad of physical and psychological benefits.

The study involved more than 18,500 people and proved that interacting with our natural world meant a reduced risk of hypertension, respiratory tract and cardiovascular illnesses and fatigue as well as boosting vitality, mood, mental health and attention capacity.

Moreover, contact, emotion connection, compassion and engagement with natural beauty has been shown to significantly correlate with greater life satisfaction, vitality, meaningfulness, happiness, mindfulness, and lower cognitive anxiety.

So the benefits of making Countesswells your home are clear and when your front door is just minutes from the best green, community and outdoor spaces the region has to offer, what’s not to enjoy. The woodlands to the east and west, the parklands, burn and even ‘beach’ are there to explore and enjoy. As you get up close with nature, who knows what other wildlife you’ll meet.