Kingston University's practices tie in with the United Nations SDGs, which aim to transform our world and promote prosperity for all while protecting our planet. The University's policy on biodiversity supports:
"Biodiversity is the variety of life. It encompasses the whole range of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects and other invertebrates, plants, fungi and micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses." – The UK Biodiversity Steering Group
Kingston University is lucky to have campuses and sites rich in valuable wildlife habitats. We have been actively managing its biodiversity since 2007, striving to ensure that we manage these spaces according to best practice for wildlife conservation.
We are keen to demonstrate best practice management of the green estate not only because we have a duty to properly steward the wide range of habitats and wildlife and to comply with our statutory obligations, but because other species with which we share our space, have a right to exist without being negatively impacted by our actions.
It has also been shown that access to good quality green spaces is proven to aid mental wellbeing for our students and staff. By maintaining and improving our sites for other species, we are also benefiting our students and staff.
We are committed to projects which enhance biodiversity. Our projects, including invasive species management, eel monitoring and bee keeping, are supported by the enthusiasm of students, staff and local community volunteers. If you would like to find out more or join in at one of our conservation events, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.