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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 use for leisure, for study and for practical experience of gardening. 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 diverse ecosystems essential to sustain life on earth through:

  • increasing nectar rich planting such as lavender by ten per cent annually
  • increasing artificial habitats for bats, birds, butterflies and ladybirds eg through provision of boxes and feeding stations
  • increasing wildflower meadows by 10% annually, involving a five year trial of different grasses grown from seed on site
  • increasing planting of wildlife friendly ornamental grasses
  • processing over 90% of our green waste on site to return back as compost onto the grounds
  • using 100% peat free compost and growing mediums
  • growing more things from seed to plant out on site eg herbs and herbaceous plants and annual bedding plants
  • 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, resulting in less noise and air pollution.

What you can do - enjoy, study, garden

  • join our weekly lunch-time monthly walks at Frenchay Campus
  • come on a Bee walk and talk; visit our hives and learn about their world
  • get practical experience of permaculture gardening techniques at our community garden sessions at Frenchay Campus
  • learn about the trees at Glenside Campus during a lunch-time stroll
  • become part of The Students' Union Green Team and make your ideas heard
  • get involved with wildflower and pond surveys and, our Landscape Management plans and site tours.

Email the Sustainability Team at sustainability@uwe.ac.uk to be put on mailing list for events.

If your student or staff group would like a walk or talk specifically for you, we are happy to do this.

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. For a copy email our Grounds Manager, Richie Fluester at richie.fluester@uwe.ac.uk.

Student support and projects

We are keen for students to learn from our management of the grounds. We can support you by providing campus tours, information and 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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