Biodiversity - Estate Management - University of Derby

Biodiversity

Biodiversity at our sites

Even though we are predominantly a city university we still play a vital role for the biodiversty in the area due to our proximity to certain habitats and the large potential for creating wildlife corridors on our sites throughout the city.

We also have our sites in the Peak District and Chesterfield. Oaklands manor was acquired in 2012 and hosts a variety of different flora and fauna and has great potential to improve the natural habitat of the site.

We are currently in the process of approving our new Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) for the next 5 years which will help us manage the biodiversity on our sites going forward.

You can view our current Biodiversity Action Plan below:

Biodiversity Action Plan Rev B June 14

 

University of Derby BAP will form actions and programme of works for the management, improvement, enhancement and protection of the university's estate. 

  • Progress against the actions detailed in the BAP and targets is undertaken on an annual basis

The Grounds Maintenance Team and the Quailty and Compliance Manager are responsible for the management and improvement where possible of:

  • Biodiversity - including putting up bat and bird boxes, bird feeders, insect houses. Specialist support relating to compliance regarding protected species is provided by an appointed Ecologist Consultancy or CLaNS (as appropriate).
  • Wildflower areas – identifying areas which can be planted with wildflowers to encourage bees and butterflies
  • Hedgerows promotion
  • Wildlife Corridors to be created to maintain connectivity
  • Surveying of species annually to ensure we are maintaining species numbers
  • All trees within our site boundaries – management of the tree stock including general health and safety and identifying options for new planting schemes. All works undertaken in line with Tree Preservation Orders where relevant with support from an appointed arboriculturalist consultancy and tree management company/contractor for larger works.

 

You can find more about the the biodiversity at our sites please follow the links below:

Phase 1 Habitat Surveys

Tree Surveys

Fauna at our Uni

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