Biodiversity abounds at Oxford Brookes! From installing bee hives and planting wildflowers, to leading bird inventory surveys and evening bat walks, we are busy supporting the wild side of sustainability.
- Oxford Brookes is the first university in the world to install bee-centred Freedom Hives. You can see our tree-mounted hive and a ground mounted hive at Headington Hill campus.
- Wildflowers are planted across sites to promote flora diversity and attract local pollinators.
- Bird, bat, and owl boxes are installed across our campuses to provide homes for wildlife.
- Bug hotels have been built at several campuses to welcome overwintering guests.
- 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.
Over the past two decades hedgehogs have declined by 50% due to litter, traffic and loss of habitat.
We currently hold a Bronze Award for our Hedgehog Friendly Campus work and we're always looking for students and staff to join our happy band. The great thing is, you don’t need any previous experience or knowledge, just a love of hedgehogs.
We have large green spaces at Oxford Brookes that could provide a fantastic habitat for hedgehogs to live and thrive. The accreditation helps us to work towards improving our spaces for our prickly friends.
If you have a passion for hedgehogs and would like to get involved we would love to have you in the group. You can register on the Hedgehog Friendly Campus website as members of the Oxford Brookes team (registration code:192).
Being part of the team involves:
- providing safe habitats to live, eat and drink
- providing hedgehog houses on campus
- taking part in litter picks
- taking part in hedgehog surveys on campus
- creating awareness via events, social media and promotional materials
- fundraising activities
- putting up permissible hedgehog awareness signs
- ensuring groundsmen and contractors are aware of hedgehogs on campus.
What’s in it for you:
- increased knowledge about hedgehogs
- volunteer as and when you can
- certification of your involvement
- a reference for your CV
- satisfaction that you are helping a species that needs your help.
Contact us to learn about opportunities to participate in bird counts, evening bat walks and other biodiversity events.