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What is Biodiversity?

Biodiversity is short for 'biological diversity', the variety of life on Earth. It includes all living organisms and the ecosystems in which they occur. A key success to biodiversity is an abundance and diversity of ecosystems, species, genes and the interactions between them. Together they ensure the continuance of life by providing oxygen, fresh water and other resources that are essential for our long-term survival.

It is therefore important that the University, as a major employer and owner of land and buildings, promotes the conservation of biodiversity on its campuses and maintains its Estate in an environmentally sensitive way.

The Benefits of Conserving Biodiversity

The conservation, enhancement and promotion of biodiversity management by the University can:

  • Play an important role in tackling climate change
  • Provide an indicator of the wider health of our environment
  • Contribute to our health and wellbeing
  • Form an important part of our cultural heritage and identity
  • Offer opportunities for community engagement and volunteering

Biodiversity on campus

Despite its city centre location, Staffordshire University has a number of green and open areas rich in and helping support biodiversity.

Nature Reserve

Our Stoke-on-Trent campus includes approximately 40 hectares of playing fields and a dedicated Natural Heritage Nature Reserve of some 10 hectares. Situated at the edge of the Leek Road campus, in the heart of the Potteries, the Reserve is one of the most important wildlife sites in the city.

Owned and managed by the University, the Reserve is bordered to the north by the River Trent and to the South by an area of grassland used for teaching and research. Contained within its boundaries is a rich diversity of habitats including reed marsh, deciduous woodland and secluded pools.

The pools and reed-marsh areas support a number of important waterfowl as well as being home to a vast array of invertebrate and amphibian species. Sensitive areas of the reserve have restricted public access in order to encourage biodiversity.


Established in April 2007 by the Students' Union Allotment Society, Growing Concern, who operate as a co-operative, not for profit group growing organic vegetables, fruit and flowers.

Our allotments focus on sustainability and aim to encourage staff and students of the University, particularly those with disabilities, to work together in the production of organic produce for their own use.

The allotments are situated on the Leek Road site between the Crime Scene House and the Repertory Theatre. Full details of how to get involved are available from Growing Concern's society page.