Local Nature Partnership
The University of Warwick is part of the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Local Nature Partnership (LNP).
The LNP purposes are to:
- Drive positive change in the local natural environment, taking a strategic view of the challenges and opportunities involved
- Contribute to achieving the Government’s national environmental objectives locally
- Become local champions influencing decision-making relating to the natural environment and its value to social and economic outcomes.
Tocil Wood Nature Reserve
The Warwick Campus is the site of Tocil Wood Nature Reserve. This reserve is an ancient woodland and small meadow, with typical spring flowers. Coppicing has been reintroduced to part of the wood. Key species include:
Beefsteak Fungus, Stoat, Hart's-tongue Fern, Meadowsweet, Yellow Iris, Water-plantain, Siskin, Marsh-marigold, Meadow Buttercup, Hairy Bitter-cress, Dog-violet, Dog's Mercury, Wood-sorrel, Bluebell, Common Toad, Common Frog, Great Willowherb, Weasel, Hart's-tongue Fern.
In 2012, land owned by the University of Warwick was chosen as one of the locations for a 'Jubilee Wood', planted to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. The University of Warwick was chosen by the Woodland Trust as one of 60 sites across the UK to create such a wood. Warwick is one of only three universities to be selected as hosts for a wood.
The Jubilee Wood was planted in 2013 on 25 hectares of land using 31,000 native trees. Warwickshire is one of the least wooded counties in the United Kingdom, with only 4% woodland coverage. The planting of native woodland on land previously used for agriculture will extend and enhance the existing habitat on the Gibbet Hill Campus. A considerable proportion of the woodland on the university campus is ancient woodland, one of the rarest habitats in the UK. The new wood consists of 17.5 ha of high canopy woodland, 4.5 ha wet woodland and 3 ha open space. Future management of this new woodland will include coppicing, to further enhance the biodiversity.
The University owns a 192 ha farm on the outskirts of Wellesbourne and this has been managed as a site for horticultural research since 1949. The land is mainly used to grow arable crops and undertake field trials on vegetable and other crops. The site is home to a wide range of wild species, notable residents include corn buntings, marbled white butterflies and a large population of brown hare. The campus is now taking part in a project on tree sparrows.
Students from the School of Life Sciences undertake 3-month research projects as part of the Taught Masters Courses that are offered. Some of these projects have focused on aspects of biodiversity conservation on the campus and in the region.