The university is committed to maintaining and enhancing the biodiversity of the grounds and estate
Biodiversity is a term used to describe the variety of life and its processes. This includes the sheer amount of species on earth and the communities and ecosystems where they occur.
The University of Exeter comprises an area of 153 hectares which includes a wide-range of different, rich habitats and provide a key link to other natural environments of importance in the Exeter area. The grounds are host to a wide variety of amphibians, birds, insects, mammals and reptiles, producing a diverse system of ecological niches, making this a fascinating place to study, work and visit. For a useful guide to the University grounds, see the Horticultural Highlights Streatham Campus and Horticultural Highlights St Lukes.
What we do to enhance biodiversity on University estates
The University takes great pride in its estates and takes the following actions to maintain and enhance its biodiversity:
- Preserve and enhance existing valuable habitats.
- Identify specialist measures for vulnerable species. e.g. protection around known badger sites.
- Erect explanatory signs by valuable habitats.
- Reduce the use of residual pesticides e.g. use of bark mulch and natural predators.
- Zero green waste policy.
- Stimulate natural habitats by leaving ‘eco-strips’ near streams and woodland edges.
- Non-urgent tree felling works to be done outside the bird nesting season and hedges checked for nests.
- Habitat piles left in appropriate areas to provide sources of food, shelter and hibernation sites.
- Bird and bat boxes will be erected at suitable locations throughout the campus and monitored annually.
- Planting schemes will use a variety of plants, trees and shrubs, with varying flowering times to encourage year round wildlife activity.
You can also view a map which highlights the different habitats across the campus and view our Leaflet: 'Biodiversity at the University of Exeter' for more information.
Further information on how the University is working to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and to make a positive impact on our local environment look at the Biodiversity Enhancement Plan 2010-2015. For further information on how we engage our students, independent specialists and the wider community in our Biodiversity monitoring, look at our Biodiversity Monitoring and Community Engagement Plan.