This section provides a background of what Biodiversity is, how you can help and what is happening at the University of Edinburgh.
According to the Convention on Biodiversity (1992), "Biological diversity" means the variability among living organisms from all sources including... terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems. So, Biodiversity is actually all of the living things that surround us.
The Scottish Executive places Scottish Biodiversity as a key priority and has recently published a Scottish Biodiversity Strategy which aims to conserve and enhance biodiversity for the health, enjoyment and well-being of the people of Scotland.
If you would like to take action yourself to ensure that Scotland's biodiversity is protected, here are a few of the ways in which you can to make a difference:
This section will continually be updated as and when more data is collected.
The University of Edinburgh has now endorsed its first Biodiversity Policy - link below. This outlines our committment and intentions towards the conservation and enhancement of Biodiversity on our sites.
In addition Estates and Buildingscommissions Biodiversity Baseline Reviews (BBR) of our larger campuses. The first of these was carried out at Kings Buildings in 2009 and the second at Pollock Halls of Residence in 2010. The Central Area BBR will be started soon. Copies of the completed reports are available below and on the webpage of our Ecologist colleague Barbra Harvie who is based in the School of Geosciences.
In addition, Estates and Buildings carry out BREEAM related ecology surveys as part of most major capital projects. These provide us with vital information that allows us to make informed decisions about the ecology surrounding site works and future developments.