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Habitats beneficial to both people and wildlife

Across our campuses, we create and enhance green spaces 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, native hedgerows are developing into a habitat for birds and insects. Elsewhere, we have planted new oak trees, sown bee-friendly wildflowers and we use 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.


Get Involved

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 to understand changes in nature on and around our campuses.


Zebraversity in Valley Gardens
Zebraversity in Valley Gardens
Valley Gardens

Valley Gardens

At Highfield Campus, Valley Gardens home to an abundance of plants and animal species. Click here for more information on biodiversity research.

Biodiversity & Ecosystems

Enjoy the abundance of green spaces across our campuses. There's no shortage of beautiful areas to meet friends, relax between studies and enjoy your lunch.

Hedgehog Friendly Campus

We have chosen to be a part of the 'Hedgehog-Friendly Campus' group, in order to share the importance of hedgehogs with our staff and students. We have achieved a bronze award by running information events, fund-raising quizzes and hedgehog webinars, helping the University community to look after our spikey friends.

The team are now working towards a silver award by completing hedgehog surveys, ensuring our planting is hedgehog-friendly and informing our local residents on how they can help our hedgehogs too.




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