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.
Hedgehog Friendly Campus
We are taking part in the Hedgehog Friendly Campus (HFC) scheme, a national initiative to support universities to help hedgehogs thrive.
We have achieved the Bronze award and are currently working towards Silver accreditation, with the help of our Hedgehog Champion Jane O’Connor and other staff and students who have joined the HFC working group. As a team, we have been completing actions such as holding a HFC launch event, putting a hedgehog house on campus, performing a hedgehog survey, writing a blog about how to give a hedgehog a home and running a fundraising quiz for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
You can keep up-to-date with our activities by following us on social media:
Twitter - @BCUHedgehogs
Instagram – hedgehogfriendly_bcu