KU Biodiversity Action Group
Late summer newsletter
Well, what a summer we are having! The heatwave was a welcome contrast from the long winter and has initiated a growth spurt in our woodland areas. We will need to clear some of this overgrowth in a few weeks, see below for details. I hope you are all getting out there and enjoying all that nature has to offer at this time of year. Don't forget to keep an eye on the event listings on the biodiversity blog if you need some inspiration!
The summer is a good time to collect vital biodiversity data from our green spaces. I am pleased to report Pipistrelle bats are still roosting at Kingston Hill and there have been plenty of signs of badger and fox activity there too. We have also recorded our first eels of the season at the Hogsmill River as part of the ZSL eel monitoring programme. Have you seen any interesting wildlife activity on campus or around Kingston? You can contribute to valuable nationwide data collection by reporting your sightings online. For example, the Hawk Conservancy Trust
are counting any kestrels you see and The Bat Conservation Trust
will map any bats you spot. Don't forget to let me know too!
With the new term approaching, the University is gearing up for the year ahead and there'll be plenty of biodiversity activities to enjoy once more. The new programme can be viewed here
, so start putting the dates in your diary and get yourself signed up.
Looking forward to seeing you all bronzed and refreshed soon!
Biodiversity and Landscape Administrator, Estates.