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Habitats beneficial to both people and wildlife

Across our campuses, we create and actively enhance green spaces on our campuses for the benefit of local wildlife and the University community.

The University’s estate in Southampton and Winchester is the size of more than 60 football pitches, and throughout the year you will see our team of gardeners tending to a variety of landscapes that animals and plants can flourish in.

At Wide Lane Sports Grounds, new native hedgerows are developing into a habitat for birds and insects. Elsewhere, we have planted new oak trees, sown bee-friendly wildflowers and used waste coffee grounds from our cafes as a soil improver.

On Highfield Campus, Valley Gardens is a tranquil and biodiverse landscape, originally planted in the 1960s with specimen plants from the Department of Biology. Thanks to a four-year renovation project, which was completed in 2012, this space can be accessed year-round by our students, staff and visitors.

What you can do

We encourage you to make the most of the green spaces on our campuses when you need a break from your work and studies. Even just a few minutes spent exploring nature can leave you feeling recharged.

If you really want to get your hands dirty, look out for our next BioBlitz event. Every year, students and staff work together against the clock to find and record as many animal and plant species as possible, and the results help us understand changes in nature on and around our campuses.


Zebraversity in Valley Gardens
Zebraversity in Valley Gardens
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