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Protecting our environment

Enhancing biodiversity

Our students get involved in a number of conservation projects organised mostly by the Student's Union (SUBU) and the Faculty of Science and Technology.

The projects include community work at Slades Farm and the Stour Estuary Nature Reserve as well as regular beach cleans. The Stour project has been shortlisted for an EAUC Green Gowns Award in the Community category, connecting the local people with wildlife on their doorstep. Find out more about the Green Gown Awards.

On campus the Faculty of Science & Technology also has a variety of ongoing conservation projects that students are able to contribute to. Over the past year students have been involved with planting of wildflowers and trees around campus as well as monitoring bird boxes.

BU's annual Green Week took place in February 2016. This year Green week included a showing of A Plastic Ocean, a beach clean, a shark egg hunt and an amphibian and reptile conservation day.

How to get involved

You can find out more information on the SUBU Volunteering pages where current opportunities are listed. You should also look out for the annual Green Week event in February. The Green Taskforce and the Conservation Rangers run lots of biodiversity campaigns themselves and are always looking for keen volunteers. Find out what the Green Taskforce is up to on their Facebook page.

How does this help BU?

BU has a Biodiversity Policy (pdf 113kb) and Action Plan designed to improve the quality of habitats for wildlife on campus. The Biodiversity Group is tasked with implementing the policy and action plan, and students are represented in the group. We also have an Open Space Strategy (pdf 5.73mb), which outlines how we will enhance the green areas on Talbot Campus. 

Hear from SUBU

It’s always incredibly satisfying to watch students develop and grow their confidence and life skills when they volunteer. To watch them finding fun, friendships and experience that will last a lifetime makes my job so worthwhile."

Gillie Lewis, SUBU

Learn more about how we're improving biodiversity on campus

We're always looking to improve the way we manage our operations to reduce their impact on the environment, and this includes biodiversity. We are implementing a Biodiversity Policy and Action Plan to maintain, and where possible enhance, our campuses for people and wildlife to enjoy. 
The policy and action plan aim to identify our biodiversity baseline, so understanding what flora and fauna we have on site is vital. This means that we can manage our biodiversity properly.
Key actions include:

  • Reducing our use of chemical pesticides
  • Sow wildflower areas
  • Investigating opportunities to integrate biodiversity into future developments, e.g. sedum roofs
  • Removing and management of dominant or invasive species
  • Improving bird boxes within the woodland border on Talbot Campus
  • Developing local community and stakeholder links
  • Seeking out and supporting projects that will enhance the biodiversity of BU
  • Regular reviews with grounds maintenance contractors to identify further improvements.