Biodiversity means variety of life and includes all species on our planet, their habitats and the interactions that occur between them. Loughborough university manages its estate with this in mind and acknowledges that the campus contains a wide variety of habitats that are important to biodiversity.
The campus is on the edge of the lovely and ancient Charnwood Forest, with the famous Sherwood Forest and the magnificent Peak District only an hour's drive away.
Loughborough has one of the largest single-site campuses in the country at 175 hectares (433 acres) - 3/4 of which is green. It offers great facilities for all aspects of student life, with plenty of open space, gardens and sports areas.
Throughout the campus there are lots of well maintained lawned areas, amid flowers and shrubs, to sit and study, talk with friends, or just relax. There are more than 7,500 trees on campus - not counting those in our two ancient woodland areas!
Habitats found on campus that are a priority habitat on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) include the fen meadow and the Holywell and Burleigh ancient woodlands.
Local BAP habitats and other ecologically valuable habitats on campus include broad leaved woodlands, ponds, brooks, hedegrows and mature trees. Bird boxes have already been erected in relatively undisturbed areas of broad leaved woodland demonstrating how simple actions can improve biodiversity.
The campus has 40 types of wild birds including herons, buzzards, woodpeckers, pheasants and kingfishers. Animals on campus and in the woodlands include muntjacs, badgers, foxes, squirrels, bats and hedgehogs.
We have specially designated and protected wildlife areas on campus. Sited by the East Park and behind Chemical Engineering on the West Park. Our two ancient woodlands (once part of an 11th century deer park) have:
- A springtime carpet of bluebells
- Summer bounty of blackberries
- Over 50 species of fungus
- More than 200 varieties of moth, and even 16 varieties of hoverfly!