How biodiverse is our campus?

The University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy aims to protect and enhance our environment and prevent uncontrolled climate change. One of the core goals of the strategy, is ‘valuing nature’ which focuses on how we work with and alongside nature. 

We want our estate to be memorable and distinctive with a strong sense of place, contributing to the health and wellbeing of staff, students, visitors and the surrounding local community. This includes opportunities for wildlife, including pollinators and birds, to flourish. 

To help meet these aims, we want to provide an easy way for people to engage and monitor wildlife on campus and have set up a campus project on iNaturalist, a free, easy to use app. 

The app allows you to upload photos of the wildlife (but you can also include garden plants/trees) you see around you, and to discover the types of wildlife you are observing. Your sightings will form part of a global database that can be used by scientists and the University to inform future actions to increase biodiversity and the conservation of species. 

Our iNaturalist project is called Biodiversity on Campus. Any observations you upload of wildlife on campus will automatically be added – no need for you to do anything. The project is open to staff, students and public; anyone can upload an observation. 

So far, we have identified over 200 species of plants, animals and fungi on campus. Get exploring and help us reach 300 or more!  

We hope that in the long-term, the project aids our University staff and students and our local community in understanding and appreciating campus wildlife, fostering environmentally sustainable practice, and helping improve the physical and mental wellbeing of our University community. 

To get involved: 

Want to find out more?

  • Contact the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health’s social responsibility and public engagement team at: