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From the open green spaces at Craiglockhart to our busy Merchiston Campus, we occupy a range of sites throughout Edinburgh and beyond. All have an array of biological diversity, which we are committed to protecting and enhancing.

The area at the back of Craiglockhart contains around 50 different plant species alone. In 2011 a Yellow Barista was found there, a record first in the Lothians. The same year held a Scottish record first sighting for Clavulinopsis cinereoides, a rare fungus in the UK and Europe.


Lions' G​ate 

The Lions’ Gate is an in-development urban, interactive, permaculture project based at Edinburgh Napier University’s Merchiston Campus. It encompasses a garden, allotment and outdoor laboratory as well as a relaxation space for students, staff and local communities to explore solutions to environmental and social issues.

The Lions’ Gate offers staff, student and community volunteer opportunities to develop permaculture, food growing and outdoor spaces to enhance wellbeing. Contact the team at gardens@napier.ac.uk for more information and to volunteer.

Website: http://blogs.napier.ac.uk/thelionsgate/

Twitter: @NapierGardens

Instagram: @Lions_Gate_Garden​


Biodiversity Audit

Our last full stage one and stage three biodiversity audit took place between 2010/2011 and covered both Craiglockhart and Merchiston campuses. A further supplementary biodiversity assessment of Sighthill was also carried out.

The audit, carried out by Abbie Patterson of ABI Wildlife Consultancy, provided a wealth of information and an in-depth understanding of t​he birds, mammals and plants at the two campuses. The information gathered allowed us to strategically consider biodiversity across all campuses and will allow us to embed this aspect of work into our Environmental Sustainability Strategy.

Full report

Supplementary Sighthill Assessment​ 

To view a monthly breakdown of the audit, please visit our Useful Links​ page.