In late 2019 the University began recording the rich diversity of habitats and species to establish a complete set of biodiversity baseline data for its seven campuses. Not only will this inform future species selection and priority areas for new vegetation, but it will also continue to provide students with a unique opportunity to learn from and contribute to on-campus sustainability.
Halting biodiversity loss
The University’s campuses support a vast array of different habitats and life, which are coming under increasing pressure due to the University's growing infrastructure needs and global climate change.
To combat this, the University has introduced a ‘no net loss’ policy for on-campus biodiversity with an ambition to increase the quantity and quality of species and habitats over time (achieving net gain). This biodiversity monitoring project is the first step in allowing the University to meet this commitment.
Biodiversity on campus: breaking it down
Collected data has been divided into seven preliminary metrics of biodiversity across each campus, which will form a baseline to compare to in future years. The data will ensure compliance to the ‘no net loss’ biodiversity policy.
The collection of biodiversity baseline data at each campus will help inform new operational targets and actions in the next Sustainability Plan 2022-2030, due to be released in early 2022. The project reflects the University’s continued commitment to be leaders in conserving life both on and off campus.