Biodiversity

Biodiversity Action Plan

On our campuses, we have already put in place no-mow areas, wildflower areas, insect hotels, beehives, bird boxes and even green roofs and green walls. However, we know there is much more we can do.

We have created a list of actions for each site to improve biodiversity and encourage wildlife onto our campuses. These actions are reviewed on a quarterly basis and include:

  • Increasing 'no mow' and wildflower areas on all of our sites
  • Increasing bird and bat boxes
  • Ensuring biodiversity is considered as part of all future developments
  • Encouraging the use of our campuses for research and teaching purposes 
  • Creating a sensory garden on the Buxton site
  • Raising awareness of our biodiversity initiatives with staff, students and visitors

Hedgehog Friendly Campus

A group of students, supported by staff, are working hard to achieve the 'Hedgehog Friendly Campus' award. This is an award run nationally by 'Students Organising for Sustainability UK'. In order to achieve this, the following measures will be put in place:

  • Raising awareness of the importance of hedgehogs with staff and students
  • Training provided to staff, students and the Grounds Team on Hedgehog First Aid
  • Installing hedgehog houses and hedgehog highways on campus
  • Ensuring there are escape routes for hedgehogs on any bodies of water on campus
Hedgehog amongst grass

Hedgehog Friendly Campus Derby Group

Derby University have recently joined the Hedgehog Friendly Campus Campaign, a project funded by The British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

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