Kingston University Biodiversity Action Group

05-04-2017: Kingston University’s Pollinator Project

As part of Kingston University’s Pollinator Project, we’ve been creating and improving habitats across our campus.
Improvements range from:
  1. Adding in more plants which support pollinators like bees, butterflies and beetles to existing landscaping (Forensic Garden, Sopwith Car Park (coming soon));
  2. Creating new landscaping which supports pollinators as well as providing other benefits (Kingston Hill Memorial Garden, Knights Park River bank) and
  3. Changing management  practices for example:
    • leaving more long grass areas amongst and next to amenity grass areas to improve habitats for wildlife while still providing areas for people to relax in (Kingston Hill). 
    • Providing log piles and other structural habitat that can be homes to pollinators (Kingston Hill, Penrhyn Road)
  4. Create and support projects which engage people with pollinators as well as help facilitate research on pollinators (Kingston Bee Hives and the Kingston pollinator hives PhD project (
Starting at Kingston Hill we’ll be trailing some new small signage in these areas to help people identify areas where management has changed or more plants have been added.
Trialling new signs around campus
For more information on how changes in habitat management can benefit pollinators and why there is a need to protect this important role in ecosystems see these links below:
Why pollinators are important:
Habitat management:
Thing you can do at home
Plants for wildlife
It would be great if you can let us know what you think of the signs.
  • Do they work in highlighting the fact that something else might be going on in these areas?  
  • Do they effectively indicate that habitat is being managed for wildlife in particular pollinators?
  • Do they effectively communicate that there are a range of pollinators on our campuses other then bees?
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