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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 publi

Areas open to the public

  • The Botanic Garden contains various habitats managed in a wildlife-friendly manner where everyone can enjoy local biodiversity.
  • Madingley Hall Gardens: an area of 8 acres which is open for visitors to explore.
  • 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.