Biodiversity on Campus - The University of Manchester's Journal

September 18, 2023

Explore biodiversity on campus!

As a socially responsible University, The University of Manchester’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy ( aims to address prominent environmental threats, such as biodiversity loss. Through Valuing Nature, the University intends to contribute to the wellbeing of the University community, support and protect wildlife, and provide spaces for education and research.

The University community doesn’t just include our staff and students; as an institution founded by and for the people of Manchester, this includes the people that visit our campus spaces.

To help meet our aims, we want to provide an easy way for people to monitor wildlife on our campus. To do this, we are using iNaturalist.

You don’t need to join the project; any observations you upload of wildlife on The University campus will automatically be added to the project site. However, if you wish to keep updated on recent observations or upcoming events, why not become a project member.

To help you get started, we’ve created a quick guide on how to identify and record species using the app (, featuring useful pictures and links.

So far we have identified over 200 species of plants, animals and fungi on campus. Get exploring and help us reach 300 or more!

We hope that in the long-term, the project aids our understanding and appreciation of urban wildlife, fosters environmentally sustainable practice, and helps improve the physical and mental wellbeing of the wider University community.

Keep an eye out for future events where we can explore nature on campus together, such as the upcoming EuroBioBlitz 2023 ( Why not sign up to our ES newsletter by emailing or follow our twitter @FBMH_SR to stay updated.

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September 15, 2023

Help us understand wildlife on campus - Take part in EuroBioBlitz 2023

EuroBioBlitz is a wildlife recording event taking place across the whole of Europe on the 29-30th September 2023. It’s a chance for everyone to contribute to the study of Europe’s wildlife, helping to shape conservation efforts and support scientific research.

We can all help with nature’s recovery by helping fill in the gaps in what we know about the species on our doorstep. By recording nature nearby, everyone can support vital conservation research whilst connecting with nature and enjoying the outdoors.

Here at The University of Manchester, we are lucky to have green spaces on campus. On Friday 29th September, we will be meeting on campus to help contribute to the EuroBioBlitz through identifying and recording our urban wildlife. Everyone is invited to attend. You don’t need any skills in identifying wildlife, just an interest in the outdoors and a desire to preserve our urban wildlife.

Why not join us and help identify and record plants, animals and fungi for the BioBlitz.

Watch this space for further information about the event.

Why not sign up to our ES newsletter by emailing or follow our twitter @FBMH_SR to stay updated.

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