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Biodiversity

Biodiversity is important for our health. Where the life of animals and plants varies, our well-being increases. We mitigate and adapt to climate change by making St Andrews into a biodiverse space. 

Below are the groups and initiatives working on biodiversity at St Andrews.

The Biodiversity Working Group

The Biodiversity Working Group was formed in autumn 2019. The working group consists of staff, academics, students and experts from external organisations such as the St Andrews Botanic Garden. The group works on improving biodiversity through:

  • survey, monitor and control of species and plants
  • habitat infrastructure, management, and planting
  • research and teaching
  • communication and engagement.

Are you interested to learn more or become a part of the Biodiversity Working Group? Contact environment@st-andrews.ac.uk

Green Corridors

The Green Corridors project is a collaboration between the St Andrews Botanic Garden, the University, Fife Council and BugLife. The project restores habitats and controls invasive species along Kinness Burn and North Haugh Campus.

500 trees have been planted since the Green Corridors project was initiated 2020. This includes public spaces and private gardens in St Andrews.

Do you want to plant a tree or learn more about the Green Corridors project? Contact info@standrewsbotanic.org.  

BioBlitz

The BioBlitz is a race against the clock to find as many species as possible within 24 hours. It encourages citizen science by highlighting the biodiversity around us. Over the course of the event, scientists, naturalists, and members of the public work together to conduct wildlife surveys and identify all the species found. The data helps us to understand our local ecosystem and what actions to take to support it. 

Do you want to be a part of BioBlitz? Contact Haley Arnold, coordinator for BioBlitz: ha33@st-andrews.ac.uk.   

A hedgehog friendly campus

Hedgehogs were declared vulnerable to extinction this past summer in Britain. The University has partnered with the Hedgehog Friendly Campus programme, sponsored by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, to combat their decline. We work to qualify as a Hedgehog Friendly Campus through: 

  • creating hedgehog-friendly environments
  • raising awareness
  • fundraising.

If you love hedgehogs or want to do your part to conserve biodiversity locally, get involved by contacting environment@st-andrews.ac.uk. All staff, students, and community members are welcome, whether you are passionate about conservation or just the species themselves. Together, we can help hedgehogs by reaching University Bronze, Silver and Gold accreditation.