From wide open 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 through our Environmental Sustainability Policy. Biodiversity management also covers six of our 43 significant aspects within our Environmental Management System.
Led by Callum Egan, the Lion's Gate interactive permaculture garden is a fantastic development at our Merchiston Campus. The Lion's Gate offers staff, student and community volunteer opportunities to develop permaculture, food growing and outdoor spaces to enhance wellbeing. Contact the Lion's Gate Team for more information and to volunteer.
Back in 2010 we commissioned Abbie Patterson of ABI Wildlife Consultancy to complete a full stage one and stage three biodiversity audit of our Craiglockhart and Merchiston campuses. Running from the 1st of August 2010 to the 31st of July 2011 the audits provided a wealth of information and an in-depth understanding of the birds, mammals and plants at the two campuses. Abbie also carried out a supplementary biodiversity assessment of Sighthill.
The information gathered allowed us to strategically consider biodiversity across all campuses. We will further embed this aspect of work into the development of our Environmental Sustainability Strategy, due to be published within the 2018/19 academic year. There's already a lot of good practice in place, led by the Maintenance Team in Property & Facilities but the Strategy will allow us to fully embed biodiversity into the development of our Environmental Management System.
Monthly reports for August, September, October, November and December 2010 and January, February, March, April, May, June and July 2011 provide snapshots of Abbie's findings. The full report encapsulates the full year. For more information please do not hesitate to contact Jamie Pearson.
There are many local and national organisations with a wealth of information on biodiversity in Edinburgh and beyond. The links below should help you to start exploring:
The City of Edinburgh Council: Local links and information from in and around Edinburgh.
Forestry Commission: Information on their 'woods and nature programme'.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: Events and visitor information.
Scottish Natural Heritage: Wide range of information from across Scotland.