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Join us for the Biodiversity Monitoring Project at Avery Hill

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The Sustainable Development Unit, in partnership with RSK, is set to launch an exciting nature (biodiversity) monitoring project at the Avery Hill campus.

The project encourages anyone, whether you are a complete starter, not knowing a bee from a blackbird through to experts, to take part.

The team will help you learn how to identify and record the many species of animal, birds insects and plants we have thriving at our nature rich Avery Hill Campus.

This collaborative project aims to:

  • Encourage campus-wide engagement with the natural environment
  • Deepen students’ and staff’s understanding of flora and fauna on campus
  • Monitor and document flora and fauna on campus, which helps generate data for future biodiversity management plans.

Project location: Avery Hill Campus (see map here). You can take an intercampus bus from Greenwich or Medway.

Project date: April - June 2024

Target group: University of Greenwich staff and students

What will I gain from taking part?

  • You will learn about nature, be able to recognise and monitor a range of plant and animal species
  • You will spend time outdoors, getting fresh air and a bit of exercise
  • You will make new friends
  • You may identify new species at the campus
  • And you will help us understand better the richness of the nature we have at Avery Hill which will help us create the plans to protect it.

Schedule

Apart from the species identification training, monitoring activities will take place every Wednesday, 12-2pm. There is a flexibility of joining for 1 hour if participants cannot join the whole session and participants are welcome to continue monitoring species until 4pm.

Participants will take part in data collection, data sharing and organisation work and will be supported by a UoG Masters graduate Kalhari Gunarathna.

To support participants in the project, RSK ecosystem consultants will conduct a training session on biodiversity monitoring techniques. Actual date and time will be announced soon.

Date

Activity

27 March 2024, 12-2pm

Drop-in session @The Dome, Avery Hill Campus

3 Apr 2024, 12-2pm

Bird monitoring

10 Apr 2024, 12-2pm

Mammal monitoring

17 Apr 2024, 12-2pm

Invertebrate monitoring

24 Apr 2024, 12-2pm

Aquatic life monitoring

1 May 2024, 12-2pm

Plant monitoring

8 May 2024, 12-2pm

Bird monitoring

15 May 2024, 12-2pm

Mammal monitoring

22 May 2024, 12-2pm

Invertebrate monitoring

29 May 2024, 12-2pm

Aquatic life monitoring

5 June 2024, 12-2pm

Plant monitoring & Closing and sharing session

Requirements

Participants can choose the sessions they want to join, but we encourage joining as many as possible to learn more about biodiversity.

Participants will be awarded with a certificate if they attend 70% of the sessions. The top three participants with the most attending hours will be awarded with pairs of binoculars.

How to apply

Please fill out this form by 27 March, 11:59pm. We will send you a link of the online training and add you to a Teams group for communication.

Any questions please contact sustainability@gre.ac.uk

Current staff; Current students

SDG3; SDG15