Wildflower meadow: (April 2010) Together with the Campus Grounds staff and the Staff Volunteering Scheme, members of the Wildlife Group planted a patch of grass near the new EBRI project with wildflower seed, which should grow and seed itself to create a beautiful wildflower meadow. This will help to encourage more species of insects and birds onto campus.
RSPB / Aston Nestcam: (February 2010) This was the Wildlife Groups’ first major project and it has been a great success. Aston has had Kestrels nesting on campus for the last 30 years and last year a webcam was installed in their nest with the aim of monitoring and protecting the nest site. The camera is now up and running with much help from ISA, Marketing, the Estates department and of course the RSPB.
Sustainability week: (February 2010) To increase awareness of biodiversity at Aston, one day during Sustainability week was dedicated to this topic – Flora & Fauna Friday. The Wildlife Group put together a fantastic display showcasing the wildlife on campus as well as launching the KestrelCam.
Nest boxes: (January 2010) The Wildlife Group have worked with Estates and Facilities to organise the installation of 12 bird boxes around campus. It is hoped that these will encourage more birds to come and nest on campus.
Wildlife rescue: (January 2010) Members of the group have also been busy helping out an unexpected visitor to campus. When a Woodcock crashed into a window of the North Wing, group members were on hand to help and the bird recovered and was released into Sutton Park.
Amphibian hibernacula: (December 2009) Although this project took place before the Wildlife Group was officially formed some of the members were involved - the project was run between the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust, Carillion and the Aston Staff Volunteering Scheme. Last December Aston and Carillion staff worked together, under the guidance of the Wildlife Trust, to construct two amphibian hibernacula next to the lake on campus. These are designed to encourage frogs and newts to remain on campus all year round.