The University of Melbourne campuses feature magnificent natural and created landscapes with a rich abundance of flora and fauna and are regarded as some of the best managed and highly biodiverse privately owned landscapes in Victoria. This urban and rural biodiversity adds value to all aspects of university life for students, staff and visitors.

In 2017 the University’s first Biodiversity Management Plan was produced following the publication of the University’s Sustainability Plan 2017-2020. It sets out how the University will value and look after on-campus biodiversity by integrating its management into the three major aspects of operations, research and learning and teaching.

The Sustainability Team oversees the implementation of the Plan and strives to ensure that biodiversity considerations are taken into account in all future projects.

Biodiversity Plan Urban Forest Plan 

Bee and Insect Hotel

The Bee and Insect Hotel is located at the main entrance (via Professors Walk) of the System Garden and attracts native bees and insects to the garden.

With bee populations in decline across Australia and world, insect hotels are an effective way to provide the ideal habitat to encourage population growth. Having more native bees and insects around increases the opportunities for local plants to be pollinated.

Learn more

Two women sit opposite each other talking in front of a large brick doorway. The doorway is filled with logs, bamboo, bricks and smaller branches.


Watch the video to learn about why bees are so important to the urban biodiversity.

Bees@UniMelb is an initiative that aims to educate staff and students about bees and beekeeping on campus.

Currently there are seven hives located across Parkville and Southbank campuses, including the Australia-first chimney hive in the System Garden.

Take a moment to read about The Great Honey Wars, or click below to register your interest to pre-order honey.

Pre-order honey

The Urban Forest

As a significant feature of the Parkville Campus, the Urban Forest contributes to the campus’ character, provides shade, enhances biodiversity, helps cool the campus at night, and enhances the health, wellbeing and experience of students, staff and visitors.

However without intervention the forest may struggle to adapt to a changing, warming climate. The University aims to protect its trees and landscape into the future by making the Urban Forest more resilient to climate change.

Our interactive map shows the trees records on the Parkville, Southbank, Burnley and Werribee campuses. Click any of the tree icons to view a detailed record of information for each tree. The available layers show other areas that might be of interest such as the National Trust Tree Register or Tree Vulnerability Risk. The Burnley campus also contains a highly detailed Plants by Family layer.

Interested in knowing more? please contact Rachael Miller.

Launch interactive map