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New study lists Edge Hill University as a wildlife-friendly university

September 28, 2023

A new study has revealed Edge Hill University has met the criteria for a ‘gold tier’ university among the UK institutions doing their best to protect wildlife.

Edge Hill University commits to promoting biodiversity on its grounds, adhering to a Biodiversity Action Plan and participating in initiatives such as the Hedgehog Friendly Campus Award.

The institution’s contribution to local wildlife is also evident in the opportunities for staff and students to participate in, such as The Sanctuary Allotment and the sustainability network – SustainNET.

Steve Igoe, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: “We take immense pride in our stunning green campus. We work hard to ensure it provides habitats for plants and animals and we’re aware of more than 70 species that call our campus home.

“To be ranked gold in this study by Ark Wildlife is recognition of the work we’ve done to create an excellent natural environment, although we certainly won’t rest on our laurels and will continue to do all we can to be a greener, more sustainable University.”

The study, led by wildlife care experts Ark Wildlife, surveyed all UK universities on their wildlife initiatives and support – on and off campus.

Sean McMenemy, director at Ark Wildlife, says: “It’s clear that some universities are taking wildlife conservation extremely seriously, and it’s great to see. They’re really in tune with the local environment, providing invaluable habitats to animals in the area.

“It’s important that universities are actively encouraging students to become involved. This will breed greater awareness of conservation methods and just how vital wildlife is to the UK. Hopefully, it’ll also instil a lifelong love of animals and the environment in their graduates.”

Edge Hill University has a series of policies, strategies and plans in place to improve its environmental performance and is working hard to contribute towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more at

September 28, 2023


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