What is biodiversity?
Biodiversity describes the whole variety of life on Earth including human life. It incorporates all species of plants and animals, including their genetic variation and the complex ecosystems which they are part of.
How does it affect us?
Queen’s University comprises of a rich and diverse 100 acre estate and has a responsibility to ensure it does all it can to protect and enhance biodiversity. Protecting our biodiversity is of vital importance; it provides an essential resource to us as a result of its aesthetic, economic and recreational values. Biodiversity plays a crucial role in our health and wellbeing also so we must strive to give it the protection it deserves.
We are in the process of developing a Biodiversity Policy for the University that will have positive impacts across campus and provide protection for the wildlife and ecosystems onsite. It will also contribute to the social wellbeing of our students and staff, as well as having significant benefits for the general campus landscape.
Do your bit for biodiversity
There are many ways in which you can become more nature friendly, and contribute to protecting biodiversity both on and off campus.
- Be responsible when purchasing goods such as clothing; choose from retailers that sell products that are made sustainably and ethically, such as People Tree and Ecover.
- Volunteer some time in helping with biodiversity projects organised by local conservation groups such as the Ulster Wildlife Trust and Belfast Hills.
- Be aware of the threat of invasive species and the action currently underway to tackle invasive species through the CIRB project, and know how to identify and report them to the relevant local biodiversity groups.
- The RSPB have compiled a Give Nature a Home guide packed full of simple, fun activities to help wildlife where you live. It’s free and available for download or free postal delivery.