As a University, we have a duty under the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 to maintain and enhance biodiversity across all of the University’s functions, and in so doing promote the resilience of ecosystems. We are committed to managing the impact we create on biodiversity as outlined in our Biodiversity Action Plan 2019-2022. In 2018 a Phase 1 Habitat Survey was completed for each of our campuses. The results of these surveys are available on request via email.
“One way of explaining biodiversity is the phrase - ‘when we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world.’ All living creatures need other creatures and plants in one way or another - even if the connection is not always clear. Biodiversity is about the diversity - the range - of different living things and systems in an area. The more plant, insect and animal species there are in one area the greater the biodiversity and the healthier the ecosystem” Young People's Trust for the Environment
There has been a concerted effort to reduce grass cutting and expand the areas to encourage wildflower species to populate these areas. The wild flower meadow to the front of Alfred Russell Wallace building has a wide and diverse selection of wildflower species and supports significant insect species that depends upon them. There are some 70 identified species of wild flower that populate these areas.
The areas are utilised as a teaching resource by undertaking plant species counts, identification and changing species as these areas evolve.
Plans and Publications
The University recognises the importance of reducing its environmental impact and carbon footprint. Therefore, we have developed a number of key documents to demonstrate our commitment to this and ensure we remain on target to achieve our objectives: