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Biodiversity and ecology

UWE Bristol aims to support biodiversity and the natural environment, whilst at the same time providing beautiful spaces for students and staff to enjoy for leisure, for practical experience of gardening, and for studying. Through using sustainable gardening techniques, our dedicated grounds team is working to make the most of our campuses.


What are UWE Bristol doing to support biodiversity?

We are developing our diverse ecosystems through:

  • Increasing nectar rich planting such as lavender by ten per cent annually.
  • Increasing bird boxes and feeding stations, and recording diversity of birdsong on campus to measure changes in population.
  • Increasing wildflower meadows by ten per cent annually, involving a five year trial of different grasses grown from seed on site.
  • Processing over 90 per cent of our green waste on site to return back as compost onto the grounds.
  • Growing more things from seed to plant out on site e.g. herbs and herbaceous plants.
  • Decreasing mowing and increasing planting of wildlife friendly ornamental grasses.
  • Plus our electric revolution: over 90% of our grounds maintenance tools are now electric powered, including lawnmowers and electric buggies to get staff about the campus.

What you can do - enjoy, study, garden

  • Join our lunch-time monthly wildlife walks at Frenchay Campus.
  • Come on a Bee walk and talk; visit our hives and learn about their world.
  • Get practical experience at our community garden sessions at Frenchay Campus.
  • Learn about the trees at Glenside Campus during a lunch-time stroll or download the map and 'Trees at Glenside'  guide.
  • Become part of The Students' Union Green Team.
  • Contact the sustainability team if you require more information or would like to put forward a suggestion.
  • Get involved with wildflower surveys and data recording of birdsong.

Email sustainability@uwe.ac.uk for details of all events and to be put on mailing list.

Biodiversity Management Plan 2014 - 2020

We have developed our 2020 Biodiversity Management Plan with input from UWE Bristol academics, local wildlife trusts, local councils, residential and business neighbours and local schools. The final version will be available in May 2016 and the draft is currently available on request via email from Richie Fluester richie.fluester@uwe.ac.uk.

Student support and projects

We are keen for students to use the grounds as a living learning laboratory. We can support you by providing campus wildlife walks and at Frenchay Campus, tree walks at Glenside Campus, and Bee walks and talks at Frenchay Campus from April to October.

We can also provide information and give short interviews. If you want practical experience of sustainable gardening techniques you are welcome to come on our community garden action days.  For full background information you will find it useful to get a copy of our Biodiversity Management Plan 2014 - 2020 above.

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