The Big Biodiversity Conversation
Contribute your ideas and help us realise our collective vision of creating the most biodiverse university campus in the UK.
Help us shape our decisions
We want to kick-start a big biodiversity conversation among the Sussex community so we can finalise our biodiversity plans and make them happen.
You’ve already given us some great ideas for biodiversity projects on campus, which we have published in our biodiversity strategy and draft policy for consultation.
Submit your ideas and feedback by Thursday 7 April 2022. After this, we’ll hold a workshop in the spring to choose the best ideas.
The most popular and achievable options will be selected to be championed by our Provost, Rachel Mills.
Suggest practical biodiversity projects
We have some exciting potential projects, from sheep grazing on West Slope to planting fruit trees on campus and turning the Falmer House moats into rain-fed water gardens.
We need your feedback on what you think is best.
We’re also looking for more ideas that could help biodiversity at Sussex.
Join the conversation…
Coming soon: Discuss how much land we should set aside for nature
We’ve already committed to an ambitious target of setting aside at least 30%, 40% or 50% of campus land for nature.
We’re going to share some maps highlighting land that currently supports biodiversity so you can discuss how much we keep for nature.
Then we need to collectively decide how much land we are going to set aside (for example, through rewilding).
Why we’re doing this
Our location in the Sussex South Downs National Park and UNESCO biosphere means we have a unique opportunity and a responsibility to make our campus as biodiverse as possible.
While we already have passive rewilding zones and low management wildflower-rich areas, our goal of being the most biodiverse campus in the UK means we must do more.
You can read more about our environmental sustainability goals in our sustainability strategy.
Help us fund these projects
Support our community of runners and cyclists taking part in Brighton Marathon Weekend on 10 April 2022 to race for the planet.
Share our JustGiving fundraising page to help encourage donations from your community and help bring these projects to life.
Professor Dave Goulson – help end the sixth mass extinction
- Video transcript
Hi, my name’s Dave Goulson and I’m Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex, and I specialise in studying bumblebees. Lots of them around me today, thankfully. Sadly, though, bumblebees broadly are in decline, as is biodiversity as a whole. We are worryingly in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event, species going extinct faster than they have for 65 million years since a meteor wiped out the dinosaurs.
But this extinction event is down to us. And so, just to give you some examples: Butterfly populations in the UK have roughly halved since I was a kid, since 1976. Bird populations, the breeding bird population in the UK has fallen by, on average, 42 birds per hour, every hour since 1966 when I was one year old. Isn’t that terrifying?
Anyway, let’s not get depressed because it’s not too late! We can all do something about it! Biodiversity can recover if we give it some help. And so today, I’m here to encourage you, everybody, to sign up to raise money for biodiversity projects in and around Sussex by running a 10K or, if you’re fitter and have the stomach for it, a whole marathon to raise money. This is next April in Brighton. So do your bit for biodiversity and sign up now. Thank you.
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