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Biodiversity

What is Biodiversity?

Biodiversity or Biological diversity is a term that describes the variety of living beings on earth. In short, it is described as the degree of variation of life. Biological diversity encompasses microorganism, plants, animals and ecosystems such as coral reefs, forests, rainforests, deserts etc.

Biodiversity also refers to the number, or abundance of different species living within a particular region. It represents the wealth of biological resources available to us. It’s all about sustaining the natural area made up of community of plants, animals, and other living things that is begin reduced at a steady rate as we plan human activities that is being reduced by habitat destruction.

Why is Biodiversity Important?

Biodiversity boosts ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how small, all have an important role to play.

For example,

The big picture

  • A larger number of plant species means a greater variety of crops
  • Greater species diversity ensures natural sustainability for all life forms
  • Healthy ecosystems can better withstand and recover from a variety of disasters.

The University

  • Creates a better and more enjoyable environment for our university user and should promote wellbeing
  • It will enable students to get involved with nature conservation activities such as wildlife monitoring or habitat creation
  • Biodiversity provides a fascinating focus for study and research.

And so, while we dominate this planet, we still need to preserve the diversity in wildlife.

Biodiversity at WGU

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to ensuring we protect and increase the level of biodiversity across all campuses. View our Biodiversity Action Plan.

The university has three campuses all of different land types and are a valuable asset to the University, community and natural world. We are working hard towards conserving the biodiversity found on and around these spaces.

Our three campuses are:

Wrexham  - Urban, Northop - Rural, St Asaph - Coastal

Ecological Report Regent Steet 2017

Ecological Report Plas Coch 2017

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Biodiversity Education

WGU offers undergraduate degree courses in Wildlife & Plant Biology and Animal Studies which both include modules on Wildlife Conservation, Environmental Conservation and Land Management, where the staff and students are involved in research on declining species, in the management and monitoring of a variety of species on campus and in studying the impacts and effectiveness of different management and surveying techniques. Students are also taught practical habitat management and conservation skills. The Sustainability Action Working Group have an excellent connection with staff and students from these biodiversity focused areas, which encourages engagement and achievement of the Biodiversity Action Plan.

Green Spaces

Techniquest Glyndŵr was successful in obtaining around £34K of funding to transform a derelict and unused area of ground to the rear of the LEIS building used by the popular Science Centre on the Wrexham Plas Coch Campus of the University. The Science Garden offers a mixture of planted areas and features such as wheelchair friendly surfacing, raised beds and pond area, a composting area and a number of working exhibits of equipment that will illustrate the primary scientific themes of Biodiversity, Renewable Energy and Recycling. 

Share your Wildlife Sightings and Ideas

The Sustainability Action Working Group would love to hear of any wildlife sightings you might have seen across any of our campuses, photos would be even better. There is a new general species list for all plant and wildlife that is now accessible and ready to be populated by staff and students from all campuses.

Please take a look at our fantastic WGU Northop Species List 2018 put together by WGU's Wildlife and Plant Biology Graduate Carl Payne. Log a sighting here WGU Species List   

Alternatively, if you have any ideas on how WGU can encourage biodiversity to thrive on any/all campuses please email – d.powell@glyndwr.ac.uk

Photos taken by WGU Graduates, Carl Payne and Sam Noon
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