Consultation: Land Set Aside for Nature

This is a consultation on which areas of campus land may be suitable for setting aside for nature.

‘Land set aside for nature’ refers to areas of land that are either not managed or are managed at a low level to encourage nature to develop. This could involve passive rewilding, where management is removed to allow nature to decide how the habitat develops over time.

Help us select land to be set aside for nature

In April 2022, we presented our finding that 38% of our campus is already set aside for nature. This is a significant portion of our land, and a great starting point. But we want to do more. Our Sustainability Strategy commits us to set a target to reach 40%, 45%, or 50% of campus land set aside for nature. We presented three hypothetical maps of areas that could be potentially set aside for nature to achieve each of these percentages.

Now, we’re consulting with you on the areas set aside on these maps, to let us know if the areas identified as potentially being set aside for nature seem right and if there are any areas we have missed that could potentially be added to the map as suitable for conversion.

You can read more about ‘land set aside for nature’ and how we categorise which areas of land qualify in our Biodiversity strategy and draft biodiversity policy [PDF. 436KB], where you will also find a glossary of biodiversity terms.


Why we’re doing this

In 2021, we set out our vision of working together to be the most biodiverse campus in the United Kingdom and published our Biodiversity strategy and draft biodiversity policy [PDF. 436KB]. The below maps and consultation form part of our work to reach that vision, by making changes to the amount of land set aside for nature on our campus.

We recognise that there are a variety of stakeholders that these land management changes could affect. Therefore, we are undertaking an online consultation where the Sussex community can feed in to this discussion and raise any concerns over the proposed changes.


The consultation

To take part in this consultation, open the survey, and fill it out in conjunction with the maps provided below. 

  • Map one: shows the current land use scenario on campus. It demonstrates which areas are currently set aside for nature.
  • Map two: shows an example of potential land use if the percentage of campus land set aside for nature was increased to 40%.
  • Map three: shows an example of potential land use if the percentage of campus land set aside for nature was increased to 45%.
  • Map four: shows an example of potential land use if the percentage of campus land set aside for nature was increased to 50%.

On each of these maps, the areas marked in yellow represent land that could be set aside for nature. Setting aside for nature could entail a range of things, for example planting fruit trees or reducing mowing to allow wildflowers to grow.

Each potential location has also been given a reference number. If you want to provide feedback on any of these areas, please quote this reference number in your response to help us to understand your comment.

It may also be helpful to use the campus map to aid your responses, e.g for the name of buildings relevant to your comments. 

Give us your views and help us to make a plan for increasing land set aside for nature.

Complete the consultation form

Take part in the consultation via our online form or download the consultation [DOC. 38.14KB]. The consultation closes on 28 December 2022. Please note, the online consultation is accessible through use of a screen reader.

If you download the consultation form, you'll need to complete it and send it back to us by email at: sustainable@sussex.ac.uk

This consultation will run from the 9 November to 28 December.

If you have any queries, contact sustainable@sussex.ac.uk.


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