Kingston University Biodiversity Action Group

21-12-15: Get Bashing!

We had our first volunteer rhodo bash of the season on Saturday the 12th of December

23-11-2015: Creative on the Hill

Mid November saw volunteers getting creative with wood during two events at Kingston Hill.

09-11-15: Pond days at Kingston

The 2015 pond teams after administering some TLC to the ponds at Kingston Hill and Penrhyn Road. 

26-10-2015: Eels and river flies help shed light on the rivers of London

RMI volunteers at the end of Saturday's training
Warning – a longer then usual update on the Riverfly Monitoring Initiative training and the annual Eel Conference at ZSL.

16-10-2015: Event notification: Pond maintenance.

Our annual pond TLC day is back!
Saturday the 31st of October. 
 Kingston Hill

It’s messy  fun and a great day out! We really need help to keep the pond in a good condition for amphibians and invertebrates that use the pond throughout the year.

As usual bribery will be in evidence in the form of food :)

If you can help, please email me on by Sunday the 25th of October.
Thank you

07-10-2015: Event notification: Confirmed Woodland Workshop Dates for 2015 and 2016

Due to popular demand, we have added two woodland workshops to the 2015-2016 academic year.

The first workshop will be on Saturday the 14th of November, from 10am-3.30pm at Kingston Hill. 

The workshop will focus on carving skills as we attempt to make utensils on the day :) 

This event is FREE
Spaces limited to 10 people (you must be over 16 years of age)

Sign up fast to secure your place by emailing before the 10th of November. 

If spaces are full, there is an option to be added to the waiting list. 

Thank you

01-09-2015: a week of summer cleans and clearances

A little rain isn’t enough to put this group off!
Last Wednesday saw Nursing Students on Alternative Practice Week, come out to help clear brambles off of the nature trail at Kingston Hill.

24-06-2015: Summer events - We need you!

While things are quietening down for the summer at the uni, other organisations as well as KUBAG will still be running events through the summer.

06-05-2015 - Help wanted

We're looking for help next Wednesday on our river bank maintenance afternoon (1.30-4.30)

The new planting is establishing, but so is the existing watercress which we need to cut back to give the new plants a fighting chance. 

We also have small Himalayan Balsam plants to get out before they start flowering. 

If you can help, please email with your name, contact number and shoe size for those who need to borrow waders/Wellington boots - if you have Wellington boots please bring them along :) 

30-04-2015: An unexpected catch

We found these minnows when checking the eel trap last week, the first time they have been recorded in our eel trap since the project began!

Are you are interested in volunteering on the eel monitoring project with ZSL?
There is still time to sign up to the training session next Wednesday at Knights Park from 2-4pm

23-04-2015: Eel training and other upcoming events

First eel trainee class of 2015
We had a great eel training event on Wednesday at Knights Park and Middle Mill. 

20-04-2015: Honeyed results from the first Penrhyn Road Honey tasting.

The signs of a good honey tasting
We are proudly doing our bit to help bees at Kingston University - we have our own beehive at Kingston Hill maintained by dedicated staff and volunteers throughout the year. We warmly welcome new volunteers to get suited up as beekeeping assistants and were pleased to sign a few more eager people up at this event.

We have run our honey tastings at Kingston Hill for the last two years, but this year we wanted to bring the taste of honey to our other sites. For 2015 we chose Penrhyn Road as our new location.

09-04-2015 Amphibians and butterflies

Egg hunt anyone?
I hope everyone had an enjoyable Easter, it’s been a quite week at the uni, the undergraduates are off for revision week  before they start their exams, however we are still conducting wildlife surveys and there are a few new and old ones for volunteers to get involved with.

20-03-2015: February and March’s mega blog

February and much of March has been a busy month with events changing dates, new joint events with the Environmental Working Group and the change of seasons from winter to spring making for a fun and hectic schedule for biodiversity volunteering.

This is a bit of a bumper blog to catch you all up on the goings on over the KU campuses – and from the number of photos that will follow, I’m going with the old adage – a photo is worth a 1000 words!

Event notification: Wild Neighbours talk with David Attenborough!!

The Rose Theatre will be playing host to the annual Environment Trust given by their Patron Sir David Attenborough. The talk is on Saturday16 of May 2015.

This year the theme is urban wildlife. Joining Sir David will be Gordon Buchanan, renowned wildlife cameraman and presenter of  'The Polar Bear Family and Me’ and more recently the 'Snow Wolf Family and Me'. Elly Berry and Judy Puddifoot from BBC2’s Young Vets will also be speaking. They will discuss the best course of action if you should discover injured or abandoned wildlife in your local environment. There will be a short Q&A session at the the end of the talk and additionally a selection of Sir David's books will be available to purchase as well as the chance to have your copy signed.

The tickets have just gone on sale to the general public this weekend and there were around 50 tickets remaining on Monday, so if this is a talk that you want to attend, book fast!

Change of date for the Orchard day!!!

New date for the Orchard day
Wednesday 11 March 2015

Due to low numbers we are moving the orchard day to Wednesday 11 March.
Places are limited to 15 people so book your place by emailing with your name, email and phone number. 

09-02-2015: RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch update

The last of the results have been submitted to KU and we'll be submitting them this week. 

The table below contains the results for our other sites. 

We were only short a few sites this year, so hopefully next year we'll get all of our sites covered. 

Thank everyone who took part in the survey this year for all of your hard work. 

29-01-2015: Event notifications


Environment Trust host a talk and Q&A with George Monbiot chaired by local MP Zac Goldsmith 
Duke Street Church, Richmond, SRY TW9 1DH
February 10th, 2015 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Free training from SERT on recognising and assessing pollution incidents in the Hogsmill River
Kingston University. Knights Park Campus
Wednesday 18th of Feb
Places limited to 30 so please book your place by emailing 

21-01-15: (Kingston) - A river runs through it

What we associate with the Hogsmill River- download the full feedback sheet from the Hogsmill Partnership meeting here

15-01-15: Litter litter everywhere...

Last Wednesday KUBAG has the pleasure of joining forces with one of the newest societies starting up at KU – the Kingston Uni Environmental Group; undertaking a litter pick at Middle Mill.
The Environment Group in Action