Beyond No Mow May, Biodiversity at the University of Nottingham: Part 2

In a recent blog we explored how biodiversity on our campuses was being enhanced during #NoMowMay. As we passed through #LetItBloomJune and #KneeHighJuly the newly flowered areas have brightened up our campuses and provided food to pollinating insects. The grounds team tell us more. Jubilee Charnock Field wildflower trial In May, a trial began at …

No Mow May – Biodiversity at the University of Nottingham

Our University campuses encourage biodiversity all year round, but during May, Nottingham has been taking part in #NoMowMay. The loss of flower meadows in the UK over the past 90 years has led to a steep decline in bees and other pollinating insects. Gardens and green spaces have subsequently become an increasingly important habitat, especially …

What the heck is a hedgehog tunnel?

Hannah Constantin, from the faculty of Engineering and the Hedgehog Friendly Campus group, gives tips and inspiration for engaging with the hedgehogs in your garden. If you’ve clicked on this article, you’ve taken your first step towards tracking hedgehogs in your own garden!  Read on to learn all about it…   What’s the problem? Hedgehog …

Gardens in the Sky

Did you know that we have more than 10 green roofs across a number of our building on both University Park and Jubilee Campus. Green roofs aren’t anything new and we have been covering roofs with vegetation for centuries, whilst those early installation provided protection from the elements and good insulation they were neither waterproof …

A quick (pond) dip in the Djanogly pond

Guest blog by Dr. Tom Hartman, School of Life Sciences, on a brief survey of one of the ponds on University Park. The pond by the Djanogly arts centre has been in existence for many decades until the tram line was installed in 2014 when it was completely destroyed. A smaller pond was then excavated …

Developing a Biodiversity Action Plan for Sutton Bonington campus

Third year Plant Science student Bryony Gardner shares her experience of developing the University’s Biodiversity Action Plan. A plan to promote biodiversity Following on from a successful bid into the Environment Initiative Fund, I was part of a project running throughout the summer to help understand, protect and promote the biodiversity of Sutton Bonington campus. …

£100k awarded to sustainability projects

If you have a great idea for a sustainability-related project but need funding to make it happen, the Environment Initiative Fund may be the solution! Each year, the University’s Sustainability and Environment Committee awards around £100,000 to student or staff-led sustainability projects. Applications are now open for 2017/18. In the 2016/17 academic year 14 bids …

Duck density and #beastsofuon

Serena Brown, our new Environmental Officer, introduces herself. As an alumna of UoN and a graduate from the School of Geography, my time at university was incredibly important for shaping my view on my environment and key sustainability issues of the time. The academic side helped to stretch my thinking and approach problems with a …

Green UNMC – meet our varied and wonderful trees

Pei Sze Teh shares her experience of a summer internship at UNMC. After my 3rd year of studying chemical engineering at UNMC I applied for the campus summer Internship Programme, was successful and placed with Environment Committee to start up a flora and fauna survey. The idea of the project is to catalogue all flora and …

Forest School at the University of Nottingham

The University’s Childcare Services is introducing a Forest School programme into their curriculum for children in their care. “We have decided to do this as we wish to promote healthy lifestyles in a healthy environment, installing a love of nature in the children in our care” Catherine Lucas, Early Years Practitioner. The Forest School concept …