Middlesex University (MDX) in partnership with the London Wildlife Trust and MDX Students Union (SU) are working to protect and enhance the biodiversity of the Hendon Campus through the engagement of staff and students in conservation activities.
MDX Estates and Environmental Sciences Departments were keen to maximise the use of the campus for engaging staff and students in Biodiversity. The project involved MDX engaging the London Wildlife Trust to undertake a Biodiversity study on the campus and lead a series of events to develop a MDX Biodiversity Action Plan that encompassed the needs of Estates and Environmental Sciences.
The project has enabled conservation activities to take place that would otherwise not be possible through using volunteer labour to undertake the sowing of wildflowers, hedges and the creation of log piles. It will generate savings in medium term as relaxed mowing is introduced.
Top 3 learnings:
1 Our University has a greater variety of important habitats that is recognised at face value.
2 We quickly realised the value in bringing together academics, the London Wildlife Trust and The Students Union to improve habitats on the campus.
3 Our Biodiversity Action Plan has been valuable in bringing together the needs of needs of all users of the campus into one masterplan.