• Biodiversity

    Birds, bees, bugs, bats and more biodiversity at Brookes

    Biodiversity is the life around all of the Brookes campuses and it makes Brookes a great place to study and work. Brookes has a Biodiversity Policy and is working on a Biodiversity Action Plan for all sites.

    Get involved

    We would love to hear your views on how we can make the University an even better place to be through improving our biodiversity; please share your thoughts with the Environmental Team by emailing sustainability@brookes.ac.uk

    Do you have a great project idea but need some funding? The University has a sustainability fund that staff and students can apply for - examples of projects funded to date include bee hives and bug hotels.

    Please email sustainability@brookes.ac.uk to discuss your ideas and request an application form.

    Award winning campuses

    Oxford Brookes has award winning grounds with three of our sites holding Green Flag Awards, more than any other UK University. The Green Flag Award® scheme is a national standard for parks and green spaces across the UK as is retained though the hard work of the Grounds Team.

    Marston Road

    Marston Road is a Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation with many important species such as pyramidal orchids and many rare species of fungi.

    Green Flag Award logo
    Harcourt Hill bug hotel

    Bees and bug hotels

    Pollinators, such as bees, globally are declining due to a variety of factors. Brookes is working to install bee hives for honey bees and other structures for solitary bees and bumble bees.

    In the autumn of 2015 two student groups created bug hotels designed to:

    • give nesting locations for solitary bees
    • provide homes for overwintering butterflies moths and other insects and supply food for wood lice and other wood loving bugs.

    Hedgehog home

    The “common” hedgehog is now under threat in the UK from development and habitat loss caused by the reduction of hedgerows and increase in intensification of our agricultural landscapes. Hedgehog numbers have fallen by 30% in the last decade - disappearing from our countryside as fast as tigers are worldwide.

    Recently, a team of students built and installed a hedgehog home at Headington Hill to support local populations.

    Hedgehog home built by a team of students

    Did you know?

    • There are many memorial trees and benches across our sites which are registered in a database
    • First year BA in Primary Teacher Education students at Harcourt Hill grow their own vegetables; they learn by doing which enables them to transfer these skills to their future jobs
    • Two-meter strips are left unmowed around the hedges at Harcourt Hill and Wheatley until the end of July to encourage birds to nest and insects to thrive
    • Woodchips from the trees are put on the shrub beds to suppress weeds
    • Wildflowers are planted across sites (and can be requested)
    • Bird boxes and bat boxes have been installed at Harcourt Hill
    • Bird boxes and owl boxes have been installed at Wheatley Campus 
    • Bee houses are being put up across all sites to accommodate solitary bees

    Growing at Brookes

    Oxford Brookes has allotments available for staff and students at Wheatley Campus. Email sustainability@brookes.ac.uk for details.