Birmingham City University is committed to conserving and promoting biodiversity, whilst creating a pleasant working environment for all students and staff.
We have carried out a number of biodiversity projects across the campuses. In 2012, some of our student volunteers joined a Waterways Trust Project to improve the canal-side area adjacent to our City Centre Campus.
Around our City South Campus and the Doug Ellis Sports Centre, we have created wild meadows, erected bird boxes and planted native bulbs. In 2019 we installed beehives on the roof at the City Centre Campus. Student projects are now being scoped out to link to this, such as project surrounding bee counting technology, beehive designs and hot pot designs.
During 2018/19, we planted 2000 crocus bulbs, 1000 daffodil bulbs, 100 allium sphaerocephalon bulbs, 100 wood anemone, and 500 fritillaries across our campuses. The gardeners are also continually working on recycling more, and are placing compost bins around the campuses. There are regular walk-around audits to assess the Estate and programme-in improvements.
Working with our Students’ Union, we also have a number of site food growing allotment projects for students to get involved in, which is currently being encouraged by our SU Earth Society.