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Vacancy: Ecological Projects officer

Here is an exciting short term (25 hours per week) post at the University working with Transition and the Environment Team. Closing date 3rd May 2021 The post will lead on creating Urban Meadows for Pollinators’ in and around St Andrews. The project will work with the University Grounds Team, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, Fife Council and the St Andrews Botanic Garden as well communiRead More…

The Hedgehog Friendly Campus Active Through March

March was a busy and exciting month for the St Andrews Hedgehog Friendly Campus team! We held our first litter picking event, with a team of students volunteering their time over the 6th and 7th to gather litter around David Russel Apartments and Fife Park Apartments. Lots of litter was removed, helping to reduce the risk of injury to hedgehogs foraging for food, in the run up to breeding sRead More…

Updates from the Hedgehog Friendly Campus

A message from Hedgehog Friendly Campus:  The University’s Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative is well underway. Hedgehog Friendly Campus is a national initiative sponsored by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society to create a supportive environment for a much beloved yet declining species. We are striving for “Bronze” Accreditation by completing a number of goals such as buiRead More…

On The Tenth Days of Christmas…

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love shared with me 10 reasons to plant a tree 10 reasons why you should plant a tree this festive season: 1) Trees fight climate changeThey make and release oxygen and store carbon dioxide.  2) Trees provide shelter, food and habitat for wildlife Hang a bird feeder in a branch and watch wildlife all year round.  3) Trees impRead More…

Hedgehog Friendly Campus

Hedgehogs are one of Britain’s most iconic and popular mammals, but sadly they are experiencing significant population decline, with recent studies suggesting by up to 50% since the year 2000. As of July 2020, hedgehogs are officially listed as ‘Vulnerable to Extinction’ on Britain’s IUCN Red List. There are many reasons for this drastic reduction in numbers; environmental poisons, roRead 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…