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