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We are working hard to increase biodiversity at the University of Leeds. As part of this we have a thriving beekeeper network with beehives across campus.

During summer, there are around 40,000 bees per hive, dropping to around 15,000 in winter.

You can find our beehives at:

  • School of Earth and Environment (SEE) apiary – three national hives
  • Laidlaw Library roof – two national hives and one as-yet unnamed nucleus (nuc) colony
  • St. George's Field apiary

Seen a swarm of bees?

If you’ve seen a swarm of bees on campus – don’t panic! Just contact the Estates HelpDesk to find out what to do.

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 biodiversity work is linked to the following SDGs:

  • Goal 4: Quality education
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 13: Climate action
  • Goal 15: Life on land
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.