NUI Galway recognises that landscape, ecosystems and biodiversity are of significant environmental, economic, social and health value to students, staff and the wider community. The University boasts Ireland’s most biodiverse campus and will continue to promote a healthier, more sustainable and green campus environment through, for example, a bee apiary, organic gardens, wildflower sites and fruit beds, as well as more sustainable management practices. We are committed to enhancing the student and staff awareness of biodiversity issues on campus and will promote the campus as an educational and recreational resource. Interacting with nature can also benefit people’s health and wellbeing; for example, respondents described time in nature as a time to de-stress, to relax with others, and feel restored. Being in natural environments can provide people with space to problem solve, demonstrate increased levels of cognition, and act with more kindness to others.

The Applied Ecology Unit in the College of Science undertakes research on a wide range of Irish ecosystems with particular emphasis on sustainable management practices with a view to protecting these ecosystems both now and in the future. The Applied Ecology Unit is multidisciplinary and members are involved in biodiversity projects relating to agricultural ecosystems in both designated areas (e.g. turloughs, peatlands, woodlands) and undesignated areas (e.g. High Nature Farmland).

NUI Galway is committed to enhancing student and staff awareness of biodiversity on campus and have produced a Biodiversity Trail to help promote the campus as an educational and recreational resource.