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There are 12 Nature Improvement Areas (NIA) throughout England and our new Waterside Campus sits within the Nene Valley Way Nature Improvement Area, making biodiversity of Waterside Campus a fundamental part of the university’s sustainability ethos. The generation of a Biodiversity Management Plan as part of our planning has provided the basis for enhancing the natural habitat and the creation of new habitat.  This includes planting species that attract insects and pollinators, which in turn attracts birds, bats and other wildlife.

UON staff are actively involved in managing, monitoring and developing the flora and fauna on campus. Sightings of 81 bird species on or around the university grounds, species include the Peregrine, Kingfisher, Robin and Little Owl.

Ecology Zone

The new Ecology Zone, created in 2017, uses natural soils and substrates to create a varied habitat for wildlife.   A recent survey of the Ecology Zone by the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland recorded a total of 65 plant species in the Ecology Zone, with a further 79 species recorded across Campus.  Expect to see otters, heron, kingfisher, wetland birds, bats, dragonflies, butterflies and bees on Campus.

Project Awesome

Project Awesome is currently run by the following members of staff:

  • John Howes (External Services Manager)
  • Professor Jeff Ollerton (Professor of Diversity)
  • Dr Duncan McCollin (Senior Lecturer in environmental Science)
  • Dr Janet Jackson (Senior lecturer in Environmental ecology and management)

In January UON was awarded with Bronze accreditation as a Hedgehog Friendly Campus.

hfc bronze award



Our brand new £330 million campus.

  • Designed to adapt to 21st century teaching.
  • Full range of integrated learning environments.
  • 24/7 library and learning zone.
  • Low environmental impact.

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