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Wildlife and Outdoors

We are committed to protecting, creating and enhancing spaces for biodiversity across campus. As such, to ‘achieve ecology and biodiversity net gain’ has been identified as one of our five pathways to a sustainable future. Find out more about how we are ‘leading by example’ in biodiversity.

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Hedgehog Friendly Campus

Did you know that hedgehogs have declined by up to 50% in the UK since the year 2000? They are now vulnerable to extinction in Britain, due to things like habitat loss, development, roads and garden hazards.

We are delighted to be playing a part on their path to recovery by joining the Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative. The initiative recognises universities who are working to provide habitats for hedgehogs and raise awareness of the issues they face and how we can all make a difference.

The University is committed to protecting, creating and enhancing habitats and species on campus and beyond. Read more about our biodiversity work.

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Species recording

The University is committed to conserving and improving habitats and species across its estate.

To help enhance our knowledge of species present on campus we are encouraging staff and students to record what birds and butterflies are seen on their daily walks and to share this information with the Energy and Sustainability Team.

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Explore campus

There are a number of short walks and green spaces on campus, which are available for all to enjoy. The walks take you through some of the natural areas of campus, which can help with wellbeing.

“Going on a walk can revive us… Spending time in nature can give us a sense of peace… Walking keeps our bodies and minds healthy, giving us a breather from the stresses of daily life and the space to gather our thoughts. Exploring open countryside also brings us closer to nature, giving us time to notice how the raindrops cling to a spider's web or listen to the wind in the trees.” National Trust

View and download walking maps ranging from 1.4km to 5km.