Kingston University Biodiversity Action Group

22-05-2014: International Day for Biological Diversity 2014!

Help celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity. The focus for 2014 is Island Biodiversity.

Here are some interesting facts and figures about the importance of island biodiversity:


"One third of the world’s countries are islands"

"Islands constitute less than 5% of the Earth's landmass; yet, islands provide habitat for 20% of all bird, reptile and plant species"

"Islands also harbour more than 50% of the world’s known marine biodiversity"

"Islands have higher extinction rates then mainland areas due to the vulnerability of their endemic flora and fauna, combined with intensive human use of islands"

"64% of all recorded extinctions in the last century happened on islands"

16-05-2014: Of eels and algae

Wednesday was a day for exploring the river, the lovely weather had the clouds of insects flying over the Hogsmill and the surrounding bridges for the majority of the day and students out in force enjoying the weather.

Joe explains how to wrangle small eels for monitoring

09-05-2014: Meeting the Sopranos

Students, staff and local residents visited Seething Wells halls of residence on a bat walk with local ecologist Alison Fure from the London Bat Group to see what we might see and hear feeding in the skies around the halls on a Friday night.

Molly listens for bats through a detector

01-05-2014: Monitoring the Hogsmill with a little help from our riverine friends

We started April in the river planting up the new renaturalised bank by knights Park, and we've ended the month learning to monitor the state of the Hogsmill and the species in it with a little help from our riverine friends and the team at ZSL.