The former Conservative MP for Richmond Park is a keen wildlife supporter and served as Minister of State for Overseas Territories, Commonwealth, Energy, Climate and Environment from September 2022 until June this year.

He wants the amendment to make swift bricks mandatory in new housing in England.

The proposal will be debated in the House of Lords this week as a result.

A swift brick is a hollow brick that provides a home for nesting birds like swifts.

Britain’s population of the migratory swift declined by 60% between 1995 and 2020.