UWE Frenchay Nature Reserve – a student led wildlife and welfare project

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UWE have plans to develop the field opposite Cheswick village near Wallscourt into car parking. Instead of this, UWE should lead the way for nature’s recovery through designating the site for wildlife conservation, education, and wellbeing. Students across different departments could come together to manage the site for wildlife as well as partly providing a safe space to get away from the stresses of studying and be immersed in nature.  


After not being touched for many years, the field is now a biodiverse habitat that also borders an isolated patch of semi-natural ancient woodland (Splatts Abbey Wood), which is a protected priority habitat. Protecting UWE’s field for nature will help to safeguard the future of this precious habitat which now only covers less than 2.4% of the UK (State of Nature Partnership, 2019).



State of Nature Partnership (2019) State of Nature 2019 [online]. UK: State of Nature Partnership. 


Actions Taken

  • This idea opened for voting on the 2nd August 2021. Voting closesed at the end of October.
  • This Idea has conditionally passed. Work will start on this Idea unless it is vetoed by Student Council Meeting or the Executive. Click here for more info

  • November 2021: The Executive allowed this idea to pass and it will now go to Student Council. 


Jasmine Tidswell
11:46pm on 1 Nov 21 As a first year WECS student I would benefit immensely not only from the opportunity to gain real life hands on experience in assisting the management of a conservation site at UWE but my wellbeing would also benefit from this kind of access to a safe, green, natural space. Adjusting to university in the huge frenchay campus can be overwhelming so I am certain that this site would help so many students and staff in this way.
Patrick Anderson
10:04pm on 26 Oct 21 for a university so vocal on wanting to be net 0 carbon by 2030, putting in another car park is the opposite way the university should be looking to go. The university should instead encourage bus companies to run more buses, with a wider span of hours to more places, encourage other forms of transport (walking, voi, cycling), and make it easier to safely store bicycles on campus. More car parking on an area that many people enjoy at the university would tarnish the reputation and the views of the university to staff, students and the public.
Rebeka Nagy
1pm on 22 Oct 21 Parking spaces would invite more people to use cars. This is the opposite of what we should encourage! This car park would not only mean destroying habitat but cars are a big source of microplastic, and their pollution washes down to the soil around. We should focus on how we can reduce car usage, not supporting more.
Alexander Montgomery
5:15pm on 21 Oct 21 Would be terrible to create parking spaces when we should be encouraging biodiversity not reducing it
Chantal Lyons
12:59pm on 20 Oct 21 It would be wrong, both in ethical and environmental terms, to destroy this patch of biodiverse habitat. Bristol prides itself on being an environmentally-aware city, and destroying this patch would essentially be a declaration by UWE that it does not subscribe to the city's values. Could it also be possible that, as the effects of climate change gather pace, this patch of nature will help to have a cooling effect on the surrounding campus area?
Kate Sanderson
12:56pm on 1 Sep 21 As a envionmental science undergrad and cosnervation masters student the potential of this site for wildlife is huge. Nto only did we use it for research and tocarry out fundemental tasks we needed to learn for a career in ecology but the variety of plant species, insects, birds and mammals present in this field is huge. As a camous and as a university trying to improve it's green status taking this field away is a a step in the wrong direction. It would be dissapointing to see it be developed as it really is a wonderful site.
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