Human Resources

Biodiversity

Biodiversity includes the habitat, ecosystems and interaction of a wide variety of plants and animals which help to maintain the quality of our air and water, pollinates our plants and prevents erosion. 

Each region and area has a diverse range of flora and fauna which has developed as a consequence of geography, temperature, soil, rainfall and altitude.  The University is keen to ensure that it maintains and develops biodiversity at its Claverton Down campus to benefit both the site and surrounding area. 

Biodiversity Working Group

The Biodiversity Working Group operates under the auspice of the Sustainability & Carbon Management Steering Group led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor.  Representation includes the University Health, Safety & Environment Service, Landscape team and the student body.  It is actively engaged in identifying native local species and developing the landscape to enable them to thrive. These developments include: Natural water features to encourage amphibious flora and fauna

Bat and bird habitats 

  • Natural woodlands with native trees and flora

  • Insect habitats including bee hives, hedges, grasslands and specific flora

  • Dry stone walling to provide habitats for native snakes, flora and fauna

Ecological surveys were carried out in 2013 to help inform a Landscape Ecology Management Plan (LEMP).  The LEMP includes an action plan to help ensure that the University continues to proactively manage it's land for the benefit of its flora and fauna.