Safeguarding and enhancing biodiversity

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Identify habitats and species that must be safeguarded 

You will have to legal requirements if any part of your campus is covered by a designation such as SSSI’s, Local Wildlife Site/Local Nature Conservation Site (in Scotland) and Green Belt. Your campus may also include habitats that are suitable for protected species such as bats, great crested newts and badgers, which you have a legal responsibility to protect. Trees may be protected by Tree Protection Orders.

Embed biodiversity in campus development plans and contracts

An agreement with your estates department and any other senior managers to embed environmental and biodiversity specifications within contracts for new developments is vital for biodiversity on campus. Aim to agree on the following basics:

Also aim for an agreement to construct new buildings according to the BREEAM standard and ensure that a wide range of the BREEAM biodiversity criteria are used to promote long term biodiversity management in new developments.

Consider nesting and roosting sites

Develop green roofs

Green roofs (also living roofs and brown roofs) are fantastic for biodiversity. They provide new habitats for wildlife and can be important feeding and nesting habitats for birds. Even the black redstart, a unique and rare breeding bird in the UK, has been found to use them. Green roofs also provide ‘Ecosystem Services’ by extending the life of roofs, regulating building temperature, reducing water run-off and creating a visually attractive building.

Case Studies

The Michael Smith Building Quad, University of Manchester

Edge Hill’s new Sports Centre development strives to enhance levels of biodiversity