Kingston University Biodiversity Action Group

08-12-12 : Pond management day

Donning wellies, waders and rubber gloves, a group of 15 students, staff and local residents joined in with the 2012 pond event, run with the help of TCV!

10-11-12 : Rhododendron bashing!

A brilliant (but rather exhausting) day of Rhododendron bashing in the Kingston Hill woodland, plus an unexpected visitor...

13-10-12 : Coppicing and Rhododendron stump bashing in the Kingston Hill woodland!

A team of students and local residents joined forces this weekend to tackle some woodland management tasks at Kingston Hill. With the aid of TCV we coppiced Hazel, dug out Rhododendron stumps and cleared away bramble ready for some new under-story planting....

26-09-12 : Live trapping small mammals

A group of student and staff volunteers teamed up over 3 days in September to undertake some small mammal live trapping in our Kingston Hill woodland. It was all part of the Mammal Society's Mini Mammal Monitoring scheme.

Bruce showing Rachel how the Longworth traps work

25-07-12 : Bat boat trip

In late July a boat full of Kingston University students, staff and local residents took a trip along the River Thames with all eyes peeled for everyone’s favourite furry flying mammal – the bat!

05-05-12 : Bioblitz at Kingston Hill

A drizzly grey morning greeted the ecologists and volunteers who turned up for the second ever Kingston University mini-Bioblitz.

Our temporary identification lab!

14-03-12 : Orchard afternoon

On this sunny March afternoon, The London Orchard Project returned for a visit to our Dorich House orchard, to help us to give all of the trees a Spring haircut!

18-02-12 : Nature trail maintenance

We spent a day in the woodland again, but this time doing a little maintenance work to our nature trail!

ZSL European Eel monitoring project 2011 - Guest Post by Chris Ovington

I am sure by now all of you have been pestered by a member of the ‘Save the Tiger’ charity team. The main point they use to draw you in is the fact that the tiger species has declined by 95% since the turn on the century and are close to extinction. But what about a lesser known species which is in just as much trouble? Is it not time that someone helped to try and save the iconic European Eel (Anguilla anguilla)? Well that’s just what we at Kingston University have been doing...

The 2011 eel trap volunteers

08-02-12 : Hogsmill River litter pick

Plenty of enthusiastic volunteers came out for the river litter pick, despite the weather being very chilly!

07-01-12 : Kingston Hill woodland management

It was a bright and breezy new years day when we undertook some more woodland management at our Kingston Hill campus...

10-12-11 : Kingston Hill Pond Conservation

We are lucky to have a great range of habitats at our Kingston Hill campus, and the one that most of the KU regular conservation volunteers will be familiar with is the pond.

Unbelievably, the pond has never had a blog post dedicated to it, and so here is a little history of our pond conservation project...