Biodiversity on campus

What is biodiversity?

Biodiversity, or biological diversity, is the variety of life! This includes variety in habitats (e.g. grassland and woodland) as well as diversity in species and the ecosystems in which they occur. Biodiversity is important because of the essential contribution that it makes to the functioning of our planet and because of all the benefits that it provides, from foods and medicine to climate regulation. Contact with biodiversity and the natural world has also been linked to improvements in health and emotional well-being.

Biodiversity on campus

Despite being just a mile and a half from the City of Manchester, the main site of the University of Salford is a leafy, riverside campus adjacent to Peel Park and the River Irwell. The habitats on the University campuses include lawned areas, memorial gardens, wildflower areas and woodlands. Particularly on Peel Park campus there are a large variety of trees including Sycamore, Birch, Willow, Whitebeam (and other Sorbus species), Cherry, Poplar, Norway Maple, Crab Apple, Ash, Oak, Lime, Hawthorn, Southern Beech and Beech. Some of these trees are labelled to identify their species.  

Many common British wildlife can be found on the campus and surrounding areas such as Peel Park and the River Irwell, as well as some not so common! To find out some of the wildlife that have been spotted around the University of Salford see this Google map set up by some of our students.  

As part of our commitment to biodiversity across our estate we have been investigating further into exactly what biodiversity share the campus with us and how we can enhance the environment to encourage numbers to increase and entice new wildlife to the campus. We have been using the Biodiversity Index as developed by University of Northampton to create a baseline of habitat areas, view the summary. of our baseline and report from a Biodiversity Student Placement commissioned in 2014.

View our Biodiversity Management Strategy.