Living campus

We recognise our dependency on the natural environment and the services it provides and seek to support these services and benefits across campus in order to develop:

  • A living campus which is distinctive, with a strong sense of place.
  • A living campus to learn, work, enjoy, reflect and live in.
  • A living campus where we work alongside nature and nature works alongside us.

The Living Campus Plan has been created as part of the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy, specifically to address the challenges of a growing urban campus alongside the opportunities a healthy environment provides for people and nature.

You can help achieve our targets by supporting our actions and programmes delivered through three themes:

  • Key spaces.
  • Key species.
  • Key activities.

Many of our living campus features can be viewed on our Sustainability Map.

Alien species on campus

We have a policy to reduce the impact of alien species on campus by following UK Government guidelines in relation to invasive species. For example, we found Japanese Knotweed – an incredibly invasive species found across the UK and took steps to remove it on site. We ensure we manage our landscaping closely and when invasive species are discovered on campus, we contain them using approved herbicide (water based glyphosate) and make every effort for them to be disposed of as they should be by law. Our Manchester Museum also run events for the local community to help them identify invasive species in ponds and how they can manage this.

Monitoring IUCN and other conservation species

We have a policy to identify, monitor and protect any IUCN Red Listed species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by the operation of our University. We are working to monitor and protect habitats that a wide range of birds may occupy on campus. We have identified four species listed as the UK Biodiversity Priority Species and two listed as amber on the Birds of Conservation Concern. Actions to preserve and protect these endangered species are outlined in the Living Campus Plan (page 23).

Our cultural institution, Jodrell Bank, is recorded as having Great Crested Newt habitats. Mitigation of risk to these Red Listed species has been outlined in planning applications. To protect these species, we worked with the local services to relocate the newts to two new ponds in suitable great crested newt habitat. Since then we have put procedures in place to protect the newts during all construction projects at the site.

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Did you know?

We have developed a tree plan and policy which requires the planting of two trees for every one removed.