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Extraordinary stories of ordinary people who are changing the place where they live.
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Bug Roofs
Friday 18 February
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Butterfly on a roof top terrace
Yvonne Ellis visits an unlikely candidate for the nickname 'England's Little Rainforest' - Canvey Island in Essex.
Roof top wildlife

Canvey Island in Essex is a brownfield site on what used to be an oil refinery and to the untrained eye looks like little more than wasteland.

The area is a haven for biodiversity. It acts as a home to countless insects, including over 30 rare species.

The site is earmarked to be developed into a business park, to provide jobs for local people. However, the insect inhabitants of the island are calling the shots.

There are plans to protect their habitats by landscaping the business park so that the minimum habitat is lost.

This means building special bee banks, leaving plenty of rough grassland and creating roofs that re-create habitat for insects on top of the buildings.

But what does this mean for the future of the Canvey Island residents - creepy crawly and otherwise?

Yvonne visits the site with Matt Shardlow from the conservation charity Buglife, and Jamie Merrick from the East of England Development Agency (E.E.D.A) to hear how this will be a development with a difference.


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