The University has had staff and student beekeepers managing hives on campus for non-academic purposes since 2010, where a group based in the School of Earth and Environment called the Sustainability Action Group started our first apiary behind their building on the city campus. Since then, in line with our strategic ambition to become an exemplar of urban biodiversity, a wider network was established in 2014. This network widened participation across the campus and has since created additional apiaries in St. George’s Field and on the Laidlaw Library roof.
Currently, the apiaries on campus are:
- The School of Earth and Environment (SEE) apiary, which consists of three national hives
- The Laidlaw Library roof, which consists of two national hives and one as-yet Unnamed nucleus (nuc) colony
- The St. George’s Field apiary
Seen a swarm? Visit our Swarming page to find out what to do
Want to get involved?
We are keen to develop our knowledge and understanding of our biodiversity and ensure that this is then fed into our management practices. To do this, we have a variety of ways that people can get involved. These include:
- Monitoring and recording our campus wildlife, including birds, mammals, pollinators and bats;
- Signing up to our annual BIG campus birdwatch;
- Getting involved in the Sustainable Garden activities;
- Helping us to record changes to the campus landscape, using our bespoke recording tool;
- Keeping an eye on our Peregrines via our webcam in the spring.
If you’d like to get involved or find out more about any of the above activities, please send us a message on our online form here.