It was good to see the Team being really observant while down on Site Five where the noticed a number of slow worms. These reptiles are often thought of as snakes but are actually legless lizards sometimes seen basking in the sunshine on grasslands and heathlands .they are also seen in compost heaps in gardens […]
Congratulations once again to the Grounds Team on their successful application for the Green Flag award scoring their highest score so far. The Green Flag award is an international accreditation given to publicly accessible parks and open spaces and is the international standard benchmark for these types of areas.
Following on from our last post theme of bees we have below a picture of our Bee orchids that are out in flower.These curious flowers appear to have a female bee resting on them,however the purpose of this charade is to attract a real bee which will then bring pollination for the plant. The plants […]
Had a swarm of bees arrive this week up around the Eastern gateway building and then eventually settling in a cherry tree over a St. John’s.After spending the night there all together,they waited until our bee keeper arrived and was just putting on his beekeeper suit then there decided to move on .It was good […]
Here is an interesting plant that always catches the eye in winter with the yellow catkins in flower but did you know that the Hazel is monecious, that is to say that has both male and females flowers on the same plant but does need to be pollenated from a different hazel plant.The yellow male […]
As the weather starts to turn colder and wetter thought it would be time to pay a visit to one of our badger clans to see how they are getting on. judging by some of the footage take they seem pretty active, clearing old bedding and replacing with new also starting to put on their […]
This week is bat week so here a few batty bits of information for you; There are 18 species of bats that can be seen in the Uk but only 17 species breed here. Most British bats are small with wingspans shorter than a sparrow but our largest bat the Noctule can have a wingspan […]
Well, the Brunel bees have been busy this year make use of the very warm weather we were experiencing collecting pollen from around the local area including our various wildflower plantings that we have. Even managed to share some of their lovely honey which the produce.
Well despite the aftermath of lockdown and the the erratic weather including high temperatures and drought the Grounds Department have managed to retain the Green flag award, this is a great achievement by the Team.This is a rare photo where all the Team are together in one place up at the sports park just prior […]
Wildflower and species rich grasslands play an important part in our ecosystem and biodiversity. They support a huge range of wildlife including bees, flies, spiders, butterflies, moths, reptiles, small mammals, bats, dragonflies, damselflies and birds to name a few. Species rich grasslands also provide environmental benefits including carbon storage, water retention which helps to prevent […]