As a major land owner, the University has a responsibility to conserve biodiversity.
We are proactively managing the land and resources for the benefit of wildlife and the conservation of biodiversity. This is achieved in many ways, including, woodland management, grassland management, the minimal use of chemicals and the recycling of green waste. Where possible, External Estates endeavour to use native species within new planting schemes.
The University estate has a diverse range of habitats and ecosystems that require judicious management in order to maintain them so that they are beneficial to biodiversity. There are also legislative measures that must be adhered to ensure that the management principles are sympathetic to the environment.
The University estate supports a wide range of flora and fauna, including notable UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) and Avon BAP species, including, brown hare, song thrush, great crested newt and slow worm. The inclusion of these species on the Avon BAP list highlights their importance as a local population, and the importance of managing the land in a way that is beneficial for the species.
The Bristol BAP includes eight Habitat Action Plans (HAPs). These habitats are of importance on both a local and national scale. The University estate contains four habitats for which there are action plans within the Bristol BAP, including, scrub, woodland, species rich grassland, ponds and open water. The HAPs for these habitats outline the current status of the habitat, threats to the condition of the habitat and sets objectives for its management.