Smells like spring is in the air!
Well this weekend was the RSPB garden bird watch, did you take part? Did you know that here on campus since 1982 we have had over 80 different species on site from Red kites to robins, 20 of these species are in severe decline and are now on the red list with 17 species being in […]
Back after Christmas and its good to see that despite all the building and digging up around on campus the badgers on the main campus seem pretty content, there are at least four from the same Sett.
Thought this would be a suitable time for a quick brief on the pond and the multiple challenges we face with maintaining it, so here goes: The pond is constructed out of concrete with steep sloped sides all round and only about 750mm deep right the way across with no variation. Perfect conditions for the water to […]
Yes we actually have a wild flower meadow over on Site One, plants such as Perennial Cornflower, Field Scabious, Ladies Bedstraw, Vetch, Wild Carrot, Yarrow, Trefoil to name just a few. The area is rich in wildlife providing a great source of food for many species including bees feeding off the nectar, dragonflies and later on […]
Plenty of activity around the pond at the moment look out for the dragonflies and Damselflies flying just above the water, here is a picture of an Azure Damselfly at rest.
Here is an evergreen plant that could feature twice, Pyracantha, a wildlife food store with bees loving the flowers and birds the berries later on in the year.The white flowers can have a scent that some find a bit overbearing and of course watch out for the thorns!
With all the recent activity around the John Crank and lecture Centre with the major excavation for the relocation of a data Centre and power cable in readiness for the demolition of the John Crank building ,it may seem odd for a female mallard to nest so close ,still she seems content with the choice.
Here something people may not be aware of and that is how diverse the campus is when it comes to the variety of bird life around them from robins to ring necked parakeets, grey heron in the pond to kingfisher along the river, mistle thrush nesting in the Trachycarpus to mallards nesting in the courtyard […]
For those of you who are awake in the early hours of the morning keep a sharp lookout for the Brunel badgers foraging for worms, they are not that easy to see but you may be lucky. Here is a picture of one of them taken on site.