The University has a commitment to manage and protect the biodiversity assets on our estate. The University’s Environmental Policy includes a commitment to monitor the biodiversity value of the estate and since 2012 we have had a specific Biodiversity Policy. All our Environmental and Estates policies can be found here

Brayford Pool

The Brayford Pool campus is located in the heart of the city centre and is an urban area. However, the site has considerable importance for biodiversity. The site is surrounded by waterways (River Witham, Brayford Pool, Foss Dyke, Delph Drain etc.) which act as green corridors – supporting the movement of wildlife through the city centre.

The University has conducted a number of surveys on the biodiversity value of the campus and these have shown that the site supports some locally important aquatic plants. The site also hosts a wide variety of bird species, including house sparrow, pied wagtail, moorhen, coot, mute swan and sparrowhawk. Animals that have been seen on campus include roe deer, grass snake, bats, common lizard, fox, and grey squirrels. In recent years, a pair of mating otters have been spotted in the Brayford, it is believed that these are the pair released in the River Trent who made their way down the Foss Dyke and have now made a home in the area.

Previously, naturalist Chris Packham supported the Brayford Campus Bioblitz – learn more about the day here

Download our Nature Trail guide to tour, and learn more about, the biodiversity on the Brayford Campus.

Bee orchids (Ophrys apifera) in the Delph Meadow on the Brayford Pool Campus and the Wildflower Meadow behind JBL

Riseholme Park

The Riseholme Park campus is an area of landscaped parkland, woodland and agricultural fields around two miles to the north of the centre of Lincoln. It has a number of important habitat areas and protected species – including great crested newts, badgers and water voles.

Delph Pond

Did you know that the Delph Pond, located outside the Isaac Newton Building, is an integral part of Lincoln’s flood defences? It has the capacity to store surface water in the event of a flood, however due to silt build up it does need to be dredged every 5-8 years. It takes water from both sides of the railway line using the gullies under the railway line which bring water from the Brayford North into the Delph Pond. The Delph Canal links up to the ponds by the hockey pitch, behind the 5-aside pitches and the Pavillions; it also goes back under the railway line and up to the pumping station at the Pyewipe.

It is also home to a number of different species, have you spotted the moorhens or kingfisher? This year a pair of swans have been seen there too, we’re hopeful they may start breeding there.

Get Involved

You can take part in the following activities to monitor the biodiversity at the Brayford Pool campus:

  • Swan Watch – carefully track the number of swans on the Brayford and surrounding water ways. Download the form
  • University Birdwatch Challenge – record how many birds you can see around campus
  • Biodiversity Index – a mapping project to record habitat types

Additionally, you can get involved in any of the environment volunteer activities hosted by the SU, or you can get out into the community and help RiverCare with their Community Clean Up programs.

For more information on these schemes, email