Biodiversity on campus


Have you seen the Roger Stevens pond recently? Originally a cooling pond for the air systems in the lecture theatres, it’s now home for a family of ducks. Every year they return to hatch their eggs and in spring, you’ll see a flock of them paddling slowly across the serene waters.


At 57 metres tall, the Parkinson tower is the tallest part of campus. It’s home to peregrine falcons, the world’s fastest animal, capable of reaching an astonishing 186+ miles per hour as they dive.


Across campus, in secluded, out of the way locations, are beehives. Part of the bee network, these apairies are home for tens of thousands of bees. Did you know there’s also some hives on the roof of the Laidlaw library?


The Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) centre at the University of Leeds brings together forest-related research and activities from across campus. Volunteers recently surveyed over 1400 trees on campus, mapping them and studying the effect they have on air quality.

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It’s easy to feel helpless as we see the devastating fires that are burning across the planet, or the rising floodwaters which cause loss of life, livelihoods and land.



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