These are havens for wildlife - from nesting swifts, to mining bees, to hedgehogs and the rare White helleborine orchid. There are also green roofs on The Stripe and St Alphege, a Green Wall on the Performing Arts Centre, wildlife ponds and student and staff allotments to encourage staff and students to grow their own food on campus.
The University's Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) sets out the University's plans to create and enhance habitats and support wildlife across our campuses. We implemented our first BAP in 2012 in partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Projects completed included creation of a wildlife pond, a butterfly garden, the allotments, wildflower planting and native hedgerow planting. The BAP was updated in 2016 and The Wildlife Trust undertook a suite of surveys of King Alfred and West Downs campuses during the summer of 2016 and developed a new set of actions and projects.
Download our Biodiversity Action Plan
BAP projects completed in 2016/17
In conjunction with the Wildlife Trust and the Students' Union, students and staff volunteers have taken part in bat surveys and small mammal monitoring, sycamore clearance in our wooded copse and pond clearance. We have put up six additional bat boxes around campus, created new hedgehog highways through our boundary fences and developed new long grass habitats by reducing mowing regimes.