An industrial landscape seems an unlikely place for a wildlife sanctuary, but insects and small mammals are finding refuge on the Chilton Industrial Estate.
The commercial area off Northern Road in Sudbury is nurturing lizards and rare butterflies, according to Sudbury wildlife expert George Millins.
Mr Millins says he has seen the common blue butterfly which, unlike its name suggests is rare, and increasing numbers of wildlife on a verge next to Mwah Gym in Milner Road.
He has been asked to care for the area and has introduced log piles to encourage lizards which like to bask in the sun during the summer.
“It’s a narrow strip of habitat but it’s very valuable indeed,” said George. “People might not think there’s lots of wildlife in among factories and firms, but wildlife will thrive anywhere given the right conditions.
“I am most grateful to Yvonne Miller and her team at the gym for the opportunity to care for this wildlife area,” he said.
Mr Millins has put in plants to encourage butterlies, and feeders for birds on the industrial estate.