Biodiversity

Biodiversity panel

Biodiversity provides resilience in a changing world and gives us a sense of wonder. When we spend time in, and interact with nature, our wellbeing is improved.

UC is committed to improving biodiversity on campus and have a plan to make it happen. The UC Biodiversity Plan 2022 - 2025 describes targets and actions to improve biodiversity. These include:

  • Improve plant diversity: include a diverse range of plants in new plantings
  • Improve bird populations: focus on planting bird-friendly plants and predator control
  • Improve stream life: focus is on stormwater treatment to benefit invertebrates and fish
  • Improve cryptic biodiversity: microbes, fungi and invertebrates will benefit from unmanaged areas of native plantings
  • Improve conditions for Taonga species
  • Enhance Ki uta ki tai (connections between mountains and sea)

How you can be involved:

  • Help with predator trapping on campus 
  • Help with monitoring of predators and native fauna 
  • Get involved in planting natives that will sustain our birds, lizards and insects
  • Live in Riccarton? Trap in your own backyard. Visit Predator Free Riccarton for more.

For more information and to get involved in these campus projects, please contact Emily Arthur (Biodiversity Projects Coordinator) on emily.arthur@canterbury.ac.nz 

Learn more about our biodiversity research, teaching and other activities by exploring Goal 15 (Life on Land) in UC's committment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Learn more about our biodiversity journey in the UC Biodiversity Plan 2022-2025 below.

You can see a previous iteration here: UC Biodiversity Plan 2019 - 2024