The Grounds Team have been very busy all through Covid -19 managing the campus landscape. Tree work has been carried out as per our survey and maintenance schedule including the reduction of the Salix alba’s along in the Lancaster hotel garden following a pollarding regime. Bat boxes and bird boxes are located in the vicinity […]
One of a number of hedgehog homes put around the campus, hopefully a new resident will move in to the vacant possession soon. Keep a look out for our hedgehog on Site.
Plenty of work being carried out to make our campus hedgehog friendly, from habitat management to hedgehog awareness stickers on grounds equipment. Do look out for our hedgehogs across campus, normally out late evening throughout the night foraging for food covering a large area, this one in the photo was over by the Isambard complex.
One of natures artists, spiders web standing out on a foggy, frosty morning
Look out for the green catkin like racemes of Garrya elliptica providing new year interest on campus, sometimes known as the silk tassle bush.
Burst water main on Friday confused one of our young swans with a new pond suddenly appearing !
To maintain and enhance the biodiversity across Site one meadows it is essential to control the dominant plant and aggressive grass species. This is done by carrying out a suitable cutting and collecting regime twice a year which helps to reduce the nutrient level in the soil profile ,promotes a wider variety of wild flowers […]
Pruning back of some of our boundary hedges has started now often the work needs to be carried out during quieter times such as over the weekends. Most of the work is carried out using the battery powered hedge cutters, loppers and secateurs – quite a challenge with the amount the University owns.
Do keep an eye out for our stag beetles on site, these are our largest native ground beetles and can be seen sunning themselves on walls and paths or on humid days around dusk time look out for the male, easily identified with the large mandibles (jaws) which resemble the antlers of a deer, flying about looking […]
Well its that time of year again to plant out the summer bedding and empty the greenhouse of all the plants we have been growing on for the containers etc. dotted around our campus with the warmer weather kicking in .