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As one of THE most nature-depleted countries in the world, the UK is undergoing a biodiversity emergency. Under ever-increasing stress and destruction from development, land use changes and the climate emergency, life-sustaining nature is running out of places to go.


In the UK, 40% of species are in decline, 15% are under threat of extinction and there has been a 13% fall in the abundance of nature since 1970 - within your parent's lifetime.


So, don’t just sit there. Let’s put a stop to it, now!


Here is our moment to take control of our futures, to be the first generation to leave the planet in a better state than how we found it. Make a stand and a statement for nature here at UWE by voting to save a wildlife-rich site from development.

In doing so, you’d be part of one of the very first universities to have its own dedicated on-campus Rewilding site for nature recovery and community wellbeing.


- What it would mean for you -


For students and staff, the 9.5 hectare site would provide a truly natural space where wildlife is allowed the freedom to flourish. There will be paths to wander around, clear your mind and relax. Benches along the way to sit and listen to the leaves sway gently in the breeze, or peer through branches to catch a peak at a lively robin. Witness the area transform to life over the seasons of your years here at UWE.


It wouldn’t be a carefully manicured garden. It would be like having a mini nature reserve on your doorstep! A safe space for both people and wildlife to feel at peace.


If you’re a student in an Environmental field of study, utilise this ‘living lab’ for dissertation research and projects. If you aren’t doing an Environmental course, utilise the space for research anyway! What are the effects of access to a truly wild space on student perspectives and wellbeing, for example. There are so many possibilities.


It’s win-win. Let’s get it done.


- What is ‘Rewilding’? -


Where traditional conservation management is focused on fine-tuning habitats to a target or expectation of what nature ‘ought’ to be, Rewilding aims to give nature the space and freedom to recover, grow and adapt on its own terms. Nature must be free to choose its own response to climate change, leading to better functioning ecosystems and increased resilience.


It's a more relaxed approach to conservation, most effective at large scale. Rewilding doesn’t replace traditional conservation management but complements it. We can give nature a helping hand by creating the right conditions or introducing keystone species to restore natural processes. After which, we step back and let nature be free to manage itself.


Allowing nature to do its thing may mean uncertainty and unexpected outcomes. But for us, this provides a wealth of opportunities for research, learning and ultimately a better understanding of natural processes.

Actions Taken

  • This idea opened on 30 November 2023 and closed for voting on 22 January 2024.
  • Jan 2024: This idea recieved 4 stars and will proceed to Student Council.


Kat Corbett
5:46pm on 19 Jan 24 Yes please!
Kanish Kumar
5:29pm on 19 Jan 24 Fantastic Idea! :)
Yanko Yankov
7:23pm on 17 Jan 24 I fully support this idea!
Lily James
12:12pm on 17 Jan 24 Great idea put forward here!
Alan Williams
6:10pm on 13 Dec 23 On the face of it, this is a really great idea. Just to check though, have you had a chat about this with the Estates and Facilities team and even perhaps the School of Applied Sciences (which includes courses like Environmental Science and Environmental Management)? Having them in support - in addition to students - would probably give the idea more chance of actually becoming reality.
Chela Rossi
7:55pm on 12 Dec 23 There is an error in something I've said here. So just an update. The new State of Nature Report (2023) has revealed a 19% decrease in abundance of nature in the UK since 1970, NOT 13%. That means biodiversity is continuing it's decline ever faster. Yes, it's worse than we thought. No, I don't intend to sit on my hands and watch it happen. Life-sustaining nature needs us now more than ever. Come on guys! Let's vote for nature! :)
Chela Rossi
11:11am on 11 Dec 23 In response to Eleanor, yes student volunteers would mostly be responsible for its upkeep alongside the ground's team. Safety will definitely be considered, I'm proposing either a close time or time-sensitive lighting. As for unsafe behaviour, there are already plenty of sites on Frenchay in which unsafe behaviour could take place such as by the ponds. A full risk assessment will be considered in due course, my focus right now is to get this site preserved. Thanks for your comment and interest! x
Matthew Cross
10:44am on 8 Dec 23 Really great idea beneficial for: - Mental health - Nature - Learning as well for academic subjects as well as learning wildlife and skills. This also would make UWE way ahead of other unis and would make them have a unique position as owning and supporting nature and students welfare- what could be better? I think this should definitely happen and is great to support the climate and sustainable issues.
Keyana Jeffrey
6:56am on 7 Dec 23 Great idea!
Megan Griffiths
1:52pm on 6 Dec 23 Great idea
Eleanor Collins
10:54am on 5 Dec 23 This is such a great idea. Would students be responsible for its upkeep? And do you have thoughts around how UWE and us students might ensure security and safety (both unsafe litter/unsafe behaviour) without impacting the ecosystem (i.e. with bright lights)?
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