We're improving biodiversity on each University campus, and beyond, and you can get involved.
Biodiversity means the variety of life on earth including different species of plants, fungi, animals, bacteria, the differences within species and different ecosystems such as marine, freshwater, grassland and forest.
We want our campus greenspaces to be biodiverse not only for the species that call them home but for the benefit of humans too.
Biodiverse green spaces are great for our health & wellbeing, and also help us adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.
The University will protect existing biodiversity on campuses and enhance opportunities for biodiversity by taking a holistic approach that prioritises our interactions with wider communities of organisms, including humans, and dynamic landscapes.
What can you do?
Projects that contribute to the University's vision for biodiversity include focused work on mapping species, such as hedgehogs, and wider initiatives looking at geodiversity and conservation, and biophilia and placemaking.
Hedgehog friendly campus
Nature-friendly food growing on campus
Fauna campus mapping: bioblitz
Flora and infrastructure mapping: How green is your campus?
Edinburgh's Thriving Greenspaces
Biodiversity in the curriculum
Search our lists of elective modules and degree programmes for 'conservation' and 'nature' to find out how to study biodiversity.
What is the University doing?
The University's first ever biodiversity plan will protect and enhance green spaces on campus, and in the wider community, for all who enjoy them.
Read the full Biodiversity Plan