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Welcome to the Biodiversity Community of Practice

Biodiversity Community of Practice (CoP) Terms of Reference:

• Staff of member organisations and relevant interested parties including strategic partners may engage with the Biodiversity CoP
• Members will use the CoP as a platform to identify and discuss biodiversity challenges and successes to share all best practice and current thinking around biodiversity management
• The operational group will also seek to include opportunities to develop biodiversity related Living Laboratory opportunities to explore, analyse and evaluate innovations and technologies in real life case studies, and thereby gain mutual benefits including opportunities for new research, teaching and learning and public engagement with research
• The group will meet virtually and the agenda will cover relevant topics.
• The group will also seek to identify opportunities for face to face discussion through site visits and at conference events 
• The group will discuss and look to respond to new initiatives or changes to current initiatives
• The group will feed into EAUC understanding and planning (training, webinars, conference workshops, case studies and consultations etc).

View our Biodiversity on Campus Practical Guide.


Michael Howroyd
Sustainability Projects Co-ordinator
The University of Leeds 

Mike Howroyd is the Sustainability Projects Co-ordinator within the Sustainability Service at the University of Leeds. The University of Leeds sustainability strategy seeks to make Leeds ‘an exemplar of urban biodiversity’. Mike, working alongside an academic lead, Dr Claire Quinn, is responsible for delivering this strategic commitment by ensuring the successful implementation of the University’s Biodiversity Action Plan. Mike also chairs the University’s biodiversity group which is comprised of representatives from across the campus including Estates, Residential Services, Leeds University Student Union and the grounds team. 

Prior to working at the University, Mike worked in a variety of related disciplines including farming, landscape gardening, conservation management and academic research at The University of Nottingham. Mike has also worked within the scope of a number of other biodiversity action plans and has managed groups of volunteers including vulnerable adults and children.






23 March 2016

University of Worcester

“Delivering Biodiversity at Universities and Colleges”

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How to search for previous discussions

This CoP is open to all EAUC Members and other invited parties to learn and share experiences in the field of biodiversity. It is not a forum for commercial gain.

We know that there are many topics that come up regularly on the discussion networks so here is a quick and easy guide on how to search for previous discussions:

  1. Go to and click on ‘Subscribers Corner’
  2. Click on the discussion network you would like to search – ‘EAUC-Biodiversity’ is the list for this Discussion Network
  3. The three ‘Latest messages’ are shown in a box near the top of the page. Click the message to read the entire post.
  4. To search the list for a particular topic use the 'Search Archive' box on the right-hand side of the screen. Type the keyword/s you would like to search for and this will bring up a list of all posts containing that word/phrase.
  5. You can further refine your search by adding parameters.

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Launch meeting group photo, University of Worcester
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