Greenwood’s Ecohabitats

Greenwood’s Ecohabitats make wildlife nest and roost boxes using an innovative and green material, Ecostyrocrete™.

The Team   —   just me, for now, Liz Greenwood

After many years working in the field of people and Mental Health, I began, in 1999, a new path in Environmental Science and Ecology. This was a revelation for me, tying together how we need the environment and how it needs us, how we function as a species and how our well-being is strongly linked to the natural world.

In recent years, I’ve worked on protected species surveys for new developments, and although we may need more houses, factories and infrastructure, I am concerned with habitat loss and other impacts suffered by wildlife because of human activity. To offset this imbalance, slightly, I began to develop Ecostyrocrete™. Taking used polystyrene from landfill and mixing it with cement, to make an insulated and long lasting, replacement home for wildlife.

Traditional wooden boxes can be draughty, leaky, prone to rot and fluctuating temperatures and have a limited lifetime of around 10 years. As an Ecostyrocrete™ box should last for decades, many generations of families will be assured of having a roof over their head.

Artificial nest boxes are very successful for many British birds. Bats are thought to take longer to use a new roost and are more influenced by the internal climate of the box. Whilst not every Ecostyrocrete™ box that’s out in-situ has been seen to be used, I have had some very good results, and within months of going up in many cases.

To keep learning about what makes a good and successful Bat Box, including where to site it and other factors, I hope to keep in touch with as many of the new box owners as possible, with locations kept confidential.