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Ecological Projects officer – post open

Here is an exciting short term post / job share in the University Environment Team! Closing date 3rd Feb 2020 The St Andrews Green Corridors project aims to enhance the two main wildlife corridors of St Andrews, the Kinnessburn and Swilken Burn, whilst tackling invasive species. This post will lead on the planning, design and creation of environmental enhancements that meet aims of the UniversRead More…

Big Butterfly Count 2019

The big Butterfly count is on and the meadow area in Guardbridge Community Garden is proving a good spotting location. RingletMeadow BrownShaded Broad-barSmall Tortoise Shell On Friday the 19th July, coinciding with the start of the Big Butterfly Count 2019 we were lucky enough to see lots of Ringlets, a male and female meadow Brown, a small tortoise shell, and lots of what were (probablyRead More…

The importance of Biodiversity. Mankind (single species) versus nature (biomes, ecosystems, biodiversity, communities and populations of multiple species); is it a winner-takes-all contest or can we live in sustainable harmony?

Background The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio led to three Conventions a year later on Climate Change, Biological Diversity and Desertification Prevention (UN). Biodiversity can be defined as the variety of life on Earth, from the genes, species, communities, to ecosystems and processes that enable life to persist over time (SANBI). The main objectives of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) were tRead More…

May Flowers at Guardbridge

April showers bring forth May flowers, so the old adage goes. It didn’t feel like we had many April showers, but there was certainly occasionally frost and hail. Nonetheless, flowers are blooming in the community garden at Guardbridge. The Meadow and Woodland areas have been providing nectar for all manner of bugs and beasties, and the birds are celebrating by singing in the trees. Last weekRead More…

EVENT: Grow Wild on Earth Day: Embrace Your Flower Power!

A warm welcome to everyone!:) As a means to celebrate Earth day, we are hosting an afternoon embracing our native Scottish wildlife, in association with Grow Wild. Grow Wild’s mission is to bring people together to value wildflowers and fungi through artistic measures. So come and join us on a warm, sunny afternoon in one of the oldest community gardens in St Andrews and learn about nativRead More…

Meadow Making: Guardbridge Community Garden

There have been big changes at the Guardbridge community garden since a team of dedicated volunteers have been meeting up most Friday’s from 10-12noon (and some of them visiting between sessions). One of the most obvious changes, as you walk into the garden, is the management of the central meadow area. In the UK, meadows have been estimated to have declined by 97% since the 1930s. The maiRead More…

Ecological Assistant in Fife

Job Description Contract Type: Temporary for 2 years. Interview Date: Monday 10th December 2018. This post is restricted to candidates aged 16 – 24 years of age and must be residing in Fife at date of interview. The job pack for this vacancy is attached at the bottom of the page. It provides more detailed information about the job and the type of person we are looking for. All empRead More…

Bounty on the Beach

Having just joined the Transition team, I am enjoying getting to grips with the seemingly infinite diversity of strands of work that we do. Last week’s University of St Andrews Orientation Week made for a perfect if exhausting showcase. I love cooking and I am always looking for some unusual (and free) ingredients so one of my favourite events was the Beach Food Forage Skillshare session, led by Read More…

Happy St Andrews Day – let’s celebrate our amazing biodiversity!

HAPPY ST ANDREWS DAY, EVERYONE! To celebrate, we are very proud to share with you James Montgomery’s incredible video of this year’s event AND a link to the updated annual report (below)! Please do check them both out and re-live the wonderful 48 hours from June – you might spot yourself! Many thanks again to everyone who got involved – this year’s event was so much fun and we couldn’tRead More…