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.
The insect hotel
An 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.
Explore more from biodiversity
Join a Sustainability or Biodiversity Tour to learn how the University taps into the energy of the earth and sun, reduces waste, and supports flora and fauna on campus.
Experience the adventure of real outdoor quests - for wildlife around your university and neighbourhood!
The System Garden
Brighten up your workspace and clean the air around you with some lush indoor plants
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.