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The birds and the bees: supporting biodiversity on campus

King’s has numerous new initiatives in place to improve biodiversity for the benefit of wildlife, staff wellbeing and the local community. These include the installation of an invertebrate habitat, bird boxes and bee-friendly flowers at the Guy’s Campus in London Bridge.

The invertebrate habitat at Guy’s is full of natural materials and provides space for many creatures including solitary bees. Bee-friendly flowers will also be planted nearby, with six bird boxes installed in the memorial gardens to provide space for hole-nesting birds.

The plans form part of the development of a new Biodiversity Action Plan to protect and enhance biodiversity across the university. Other current initiatives include green roofs at the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute and the Western Education Centre at our Denmark Hill Campus.

There are also future plans for a bat box to be installed at Guy’s Campus. Bats are facing problems such as habitat loss and fragmentation, which can be improved by the installation of bat boxes. Installing these boxes provides an important space for bats to roost, sleep and raise their young.

Kat Thorne, Head of Sustainability, said: ‘Enhancing biodiversity on campus brings not only benefits to the wildlife but also to the wellbeing of our staff, students, local community and visitors who spend time in our outdoor space.’

King’s is part of the Green Grid Project that is co-ordinated by the local Business Improvement District – Team London Bridge. The project aims to link all of the surrounding green and open spaces. Find out more information about Team London Bridge and the London Bridge Plan.

Information about wildlife in London can be found on the London Wildlife Trust website.