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The University’s overarching vision

To deliver a significant and measurable improvement in the biodiversity of the University of Cambridge estate, and the Greater Cambridge Area more generally, in a manner that educates and inspires an appreciation of the natural environment, and that encourages interventions, research and innovation to enhance and protect biodiversity for future generations.

Our targets:

Our approach

Biodiversity Action Plan

The University has now published its first Biodiversity Action Plan to provide guidelines for enhancing biodiversity across the University.















The Cambridge Biodiversity Metric (CBM) is a modified version of the Natural England Biodiversity Metric 2.0 (NEBM) allowing us to quantify and set ambitious targets for biodiversity increases across existing habitats on our estate which exceed those recommended in the NEBM. On this page you can access a summary of the Cambridge Biodiversity Metric, the full document and appendices.


Biodiversity Baseline Summary Report

Click on the image to view a summary of the key findings arising from the University's first biodiversity baseline assessment undertaken in 2017-2018. The results of this assessment have been key to developing the University's first Biodiversity Action Plan and understanding the current state of ecology on its estate. A blog on the baseline assessment, highlighting some of the 162 notable species recorded, is available on our website


How can you get involved?

Share your wildlife sightings with us! By joining the Cambridge University iRecord account you can help create a nature-friendly estate. Get started with our iRecord Quick Start Guide or, if you need more detailed support, you can also view our full iRecord User Guide

Annual report Quick start

There are many other ways to get involved in biodiversity in Cambridge, here are a few of them:

  • Engage in your department or site with the 'Wilder Cambridge' project and take part in biodiversity-related activities to compete against other teams! You can get all the information related to the project, including a biodiversity engagement pack on our resources page.
  • Join the University's Biodiversity Yammer group and ask questions, share biodiversity photos and connect with like-minded colleagues. All staff have automatic access to Yammer.
  • Become involved in a local biodiversity organisation: Mammals, plants, birds, insects… whatever your interest is, chances are there is already an organisation you can get involved in! You can find a list of local organisations engaged in biodiversity here.

Notable sites of biodiversity in Cambridge

The university owns land which supports a variety of habitats, from lowland meadows to approximately 65 hectares of woodland. There are several notable sites for biodiversity, each playing a specific role to support the dynamic relationships between biodiversity enhancement, academic research and engagement with members of the university and the wider public.

  • Areas open to the public:
  • The Botanic Garden contains various habitats managed in a wildlife-friendly manner where everyone can enjoy local biodiversity.
  • 800 wood: adjacent to Madingley Wood, the largest planting project ever undertaken by the University of Cambridge. It contributed to 50% towards the county’s Local Habitat Action Plan which aimed to create 20 hectares of new woodlands by 2010 to link up to ancient woodland clusters.
  • Cambridge City: there are 12 Local Nature Reserves in Cambridge that provide an important contribution to the UK’s biodiversity whilst offering the opportunity to its citizens to enjoy such spaces.
  • Areas for engagement
Various University sites and departments have implemented enhancements for wildlife, and these provide a great opportunity for members of the University to become involved in helping to boost biodiversity onsite. An example is Greenwich House. The building is situated in a wooded area on Madingley Rise and in the last few years has carried out a number of actions to improve biodiversity, including installing bird and bat boxes and planting a wildflower meadow. 
  • Areas for research
Madingley Wood is used for specialist woodland research.