The results of the winter bird surveys carried out by an independent consultant on our campuses during two visits between November 2021 and January 2022 have been received and we wanted to share the highlights.
A total of 1,126 birds (34 species) were recorded during the visits, with the top five species recorded as:
A total of 373 (13 species) Birds of Conservation Concern (BOCC) red listed and amber listed birds were recorded:
Greenfinch (red listed)
Herring Gull (red listed)
House Sparrow (red listed)
Mistle Thrush (red listed)
Bullfinch (amber listed)
Dunnock (amber listed)
Mallard (amber listed)
Moorhen (amber listed)
Redwing (amber listed)
Song Thrush (amber listed)
Stock Dove (amber listed)
Wren (amber listed)
Wood Pigeon (amber listed)
A Kingfisher was recorded flying across one of the ponds in Taddiforde Valley in January 2022; this is the first Kingfisher recorded during one of the bird surveys which have been running for the last 14 years.
St Luke’s Campus
A total of 275 birds (18 species) were recorded during the visits, with the top three species recorded as:
A total of 185 (8 species) Birds of Conservation Concern (BOCC) red listed and amber listed birds were recorded:
We are delighted to announce that we have again successfully achieved the prestigious Green Flag Award for both our Streatham Campus and our St Luke’s Campus!
The Award is the mark of a quality park or green space which has achieved the international standards for open space excellence.
The Grounds team work hard throughout the year using their extensive skills and experience to nurture our beautiful grounds and we are extremely proud of this achievement and the wonderful grounds that we have the privilege to work in and enjoy.
Don’t forget Valentine’s Day on Thursday 14th February!
Make it extra special for your loved one this year and give them a fabulous bespoke Valentine’s Day bouquet produced by the talented florists in the Grounds Team, using materials from the campus with fresh flowers from local suppliers.
The handmade bouquet will contain red roses, gypsophilia, a mix of foliage and other fantastic flowers in reds and pinks to help show someone special how much you care.
The artisan Valentine’s Day bouquet, presented in an aqua pac box with wrapping, a bow and a card with your choice of wording, can be delivered to a workplace address on Streatham Campus or St Luke’s Campus on either Wednesday 13th or Friday 14th February for a special price of £50.
The St Luke’s Campus continues to provide a wide range of habitats which help support birds, insects, reptiles, mammals and aquatic life. The habitats should not be viewed in isolation, as they help form important links and wildlife corridors to other areas of open space not owned or maintained by the University. In this respect, the campus spaces make an important contribution to biodiversity in Exeter and the wider county of Devon.
We have developed a St Luke’s Campus Biodiversity Trail which can be downloaded from our website. Please do take a walk around the campus and see the species supported throughout the year and the techniques we use to support wildlife on campus.
We are pleased to announce that we have produced a new Tree Trail guide which provides a route around St Luke’s Campus pointing out some interesting examples of our many wonderful varied trees. Please do download this guide from our website and explore our trees!
It’s National Tree Week and to celebrate we thought we’d give you some information about our trees. We have over 10,000 trees on our Exeter campuses, over 100 Champion trees, 3 Arboretums and a Jubilee Woodland.
They make an environmental contribution storing 1,951 tonnes of carbon per annum worth £125,000.
We are about to start this season’s tree planting to sustain the campus tree cover.
If you would like to know more about some of our prominent and unusual trees please download the Streatham Campus Tree Trail guide from our website. We are also currently developing a St Luke’s Campus Tree Trail .
Iain Park, Director of Grounds at the University of Exeter, said “We were delighted to re-secure the Green Flag Awards and the public vote is another chance to make people aware of the University’s beautiful grounds. We are proud of the horticulture and open space maintenance that our staff manage to achieve for students, staff and visitors to enjoy as part of continued promotion of the University”.
The Green Flag Award scheme is run by Keep Britain Tidy and last year tens of thousands of people voted for their favourite park or green space.
Grounds Team celebrating re-achieving the Green Flag Award 2017/18