Biodiversity is defined as the variety of plant and animal species on Earth and the interactions and ecological processes that sustain them.

At Leeds, we aim to become exemplars of urban biodiversity by recognising and embracing the challenges faced in urban centres by embedding biodiversity into all of our campus works.

We ensure continual improvement by using our campus as a living lab for learning and teaching as well as testing new approaches to monitoring and management as well as creating welcoming spaces that support improved wellbeing and health of all.

Our Approach

Our Biodiversity Standard provides a framework for our approach in managing biodiversity, allowing us to be innovative and push the boundaries in recognising the important role biodiversity plays in improving wellbeing and health, particularly in urban centres.
This is realised through areas such as our sensory garden, the Roger Stevens urban pond, and our award-winning sustainable garden. Also through taught undergraduate modules and a variety of networks and schemes including an ongoing staff and student monitoring programme, campus beekeeping network and our involvement in the Hedgehog Friendly Campus Scheme.

Want to get involved?

Biodiversity is an ongoing process and we are keen for people to get involved in order to share their ideas and help shape how we do biodiversity on campus.

There are lots of ways to become part of the biodiversity community, including:

  • 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 find out more about any of these activities, get in touch by emailing:

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our work on biodiversity is linked to all of the SDGs.

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.