Biodiversity at Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth has beautiful biodiversity, from the porpoises of the Irish Sea to the red kites of the sky, and the university is committed to sustaining our natural diversity. The University has undertaken many surveys of land around Aberystwyth to understand our local fauna and flora. For example, research by Natalie Waller of IBERS was undertaken in 2007: The Biodiversity of the University of Wales Aberystwyth, with Recommendations for Improvement. This work is available for consultation in the Hugh Owen Library. Additionally, A complete tree survey of the Penglais was undertaken in 2009 by the Forestry Commission Wales, organised by the AU Estates Department. This information will help inform future development strategy of the Estate. It is also being used to highlight points of interest within a network of walks being developed for the campus. Last year IBERS also ran a 'Bioblitz' day, a frantic 24 hour science marathon to identify and catalogue as many varieties of living species as possible. The team managed to log 2,407 species! Aberystwyth also undertakes lots of biodiversity based academic research from the IBERS and DGES departments.
Getting Involved with Biodiversity
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with biodiversity at Aber whether you're a student, a staff member, or neither! If you're a student, look into joining the Aberystwyth Conservation Volunteers or Aberystwyth Coast Care Societies. If you're a staff member, look out for the campus allotment and the 2014/15 Green Impact Campaign where there are plenty of great opportunities to make your office space more sustainable and support local biodiversity! Across Ceredigion there are tons of things to do and places to visit that will help biodiversity! On top of doing Aber's campus walks and enjoying its green spaces, there is Nant Yr Arian, a ecological sanctuary that kickstarted the recovery of redkites to the region, the Dyfi Valley, a prestigiously recognised UNESCO Biosphere region, and the Cardigan coastline is home to Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises and Atlantic Grey Seals. Ceredigion Council have produced factsheets on many of the local wildlife and about biodiversity in Ceredigion, check it out for some more information!