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Our outreach projects are varied but always related to our research and teaching activities. Here are a few examples of our projects:

Childrens' Christmas Lecture 2014

We provided the University Christmas Lecture 'Deadly creatures on your doorstep'. This lecture was aimed at children ages between 7 and 12 and got children to think about the awesome predators living in their local area.

Grow Wild 2014

In October students, staff and local residents took part in an event organised with Kew Garden's Grow Wild project to plant wildflower seeds in the Harris Garden. Everyone, including our Vice Chancellor, got their hands dirty to transform 300m2 of bare earth into a new wildflower meadow.
You can read more about it here.

Harris Bee Garden 2014

In June we received around 100,000 new residents with the arrival of our new honeybee colonies! Over the winter a small team of us had been training as beekeepers, in preparation for our new arrivals. We currently have three hives which produced over 60 jars of honey. The bees have already been used in our teaching and we hope to use them in future outreach activities.
You can read more about them here.

Whiteknights Bioblitz 2013

A 'BioBlitz' is a lager scale event run over 24 hours where people come together to identify as many species as possible. In June we brought together scientists, naturalists, local community groups, students and the public to learn about the vast biodiversity on Whiteknights campus. There were many highlights including a bat walk, small mammal trapping and a bumblebee ID walk.
You can read more about it here.

Contributions to Local Wildlife Groups

We provide support and leadership for the Berkshire Mammal Group and the Berkshire Ornithological Society .

Interested in garden birds?
Check out the details of our Urban Bird Conservation project to find out how you can take part.