Biodiversity at the University of Hull

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Dear University of Hull,

Please could you provide me with the number of individual species of plants of which the University is currently aware are growing upon property owned wholly or partly by the University of Hull.
If such information is not currently held by the University, or cannot be retrieved with incurring excessive costs as defined by the Freedom of Information Act (2000), could you please provide me as much information as you do hold regarding biodiversity at the University of Hull. I would also appreciate any documents, correspondence or minutes which discuss the prospect of compiling a more detailed picture of the biodiversity on the University’s grounds, both plant and wildlife.
Could you also please provide separately any details of specific areas set aside to promote biodiversity. Could you include in this a list of species currently thought to be present in this area. If you could provide details of how large this area is and what percentage it comprises of a) the total property owned by the university b) the total of open space owned by the university. If you hold any maps outlining the biodiversity area, particularly if they show the rest of the University's property, please can you provide these.

Thank you very much for your time.

Yours faithfully,

Harry Raffal

Gill Anderson, University of Hull

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Dear Harry

Further to your request below please see the attached.

Regards

Gill Anderson

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Mrs Gill Anderson
Personal Assistant

University Registrar & Secretary's Office
University of Hull
Cottingham Road
Hull HU6 7RX

Tel: 01482 465136
Fax: 01482 465194

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Joe J Garner, University of Hull

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Harry,

I have had your request passed to me & it would help me if you could give me a call to discuss your requirements.

Regards

Joe Garner - 01482 465051

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Gill Anderson, University of Hull

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Dear Harry

I understand that you have now spoken to Joe Garner and that you are happy for this request to be signed off. Could you drop me an email to confirm this please.

Regards

Gill

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Mrs Gill Anderson
Personal Assistant

University Registrar & Secretary's Office
University of Hull
Cottingham Road
Hull HU6 7RX

Tel: 01482 465136
Fax: 01482 465194

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Dear Gill Anderson,

I spoke to Joe Garner on 24 March 2011 during which he said he will email me the information I required. I assume that he will email the whatdotheyknow.com email as he has done previously and he felt it it would be before the twenty day limit. Given the nature of my conversation with Mr Garner I am happy to have him simply provide the information and contact him if any further details are required.

Yours sincerely,

Harry Raffal

Gill Anderson, University of Hull

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Many thanks

Gill

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Mrs Gill Anderson
Personal Assistant

University Registrar & Secretary's Office
University of Hull
Cottingham Road
Hull HU6 7RX

Tel: 01482 465136
Fax: 01482 465194

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Joe J Garner, University of Hull

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Harry,

Info as requested;

Please could you provide me with the number of individual species of
plants of which the University is currently aware are growing upon
property owned wholly or partly by the University of Hull.

Number of species currently growing on the University grounds - unknown

Plants include - gorse, laburnum, dog wood, hawthorn, sloe, black thorn,
oak, ash, birch, crab apple, holly, hazel, field maple, alder, larch

Wildflowers planted include - agrimony, foxglove, meadow sweet, oxeye
daisy, yellow pimpernel, cow slip, viola

Bulbs - snow drops, English blue bells

If such information is not currently held by the University, or cannot be
retrieved with incurring excessive costs as defined by the Freedom of
Information Act (2000), could you please provide me as much information as
you do hold regarding biodiversity at the University of Hull.

Details of the University biodiversity action plan (BAP) can be found here
; [1]http://www2.hull.ac.uk/administration/pd...

As yet it is not University Policy, however I am under the impression it
has been submitted for approval/discussion.

I would also appreciate any documents, correspondence or minutes which
discuss the prospect of compiling a more detailed picture of the
biodiversity on the University's grounds, both plant and wildlife. a list
of species currently thought to be present in this area

I don't have these documents - you might try the geography department -
Paul McSherry (can I suggest you try ringing rather than the FOIA request
method)

Could you also please provide separately any details of specific areas set
aside to promote biodiversity

Area to the west of the west campus playing fields, Salmon Grove wildlife
area, woodland at Thwaite Hall, woodlands at Lawns, woodlands at Needler,
various field margins - All owned by the university.

could you provide details of how large this area is and what percentage it
comprises of a) the total property owned by the university b) the total of
open space owned by the university. If you hold any maps outlining the
biodiversity area, particularly if they show the rest of the University's
property, please can you provide these.

The BAP has maps of these areas.

Any details we haven't provided, your fellow committee member, Peter
Moffat, may be able to fill you in as I met him a few weeks back to go
through the same information.

Regards

Joe Garner

Grounds & Gardens Manager

Facilities Directorate

University of Hull

Maintenance Section

The Loten Annexe

Hull

HU6 7SZ

01482 465051

References

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1. http://www2.hull.ac.uk/administration/pd...

Dear Joe,

Thanks for the information you've provided. I really do appreciate it. I wonder if you could provide a couple of extra details on some specifics in your reply and the Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP).

In the species of plants you've provided I wonder if you can provide more specifics, where possible, as to which species of Birch and Crab Apple Trees have been planted. I'd be particularly interested to know if the Birch's include any Black Birch,Betula nigra, or Erman's Birch, Betula ermanii. Of the other plant types listed are there any species on campus which you would consider relatively rare or consider of particular interest. I do apologise if when we talked I failed to provide greater detail of what type of info I was after in regard to this.

At the top of page 9 of the BAP an action is listed as 'Introduction of suitable local provenance native species, as plugs, to increase the diversity of these [conservation] strips.' This action is dated as 2007, 2008, 2009. Was this undertaken and if so can you provide any greater details?

The BAP was written in January 2006. Has it been updated since then?

I'm sorry I haven't been able to phone you personally to thank you and follow this up.

Yours sincerely,

Harry Raffal

Joe J Garner, University of Hull

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Harry,

Betula pendula
Malus slyvestis

We have good specimens betula nigra & ermanii at the botanics in the lawn areas in front of Thwaite Hall.

Rare - not really

I'm not sure what you would class as particular interest - depends what you're interested in - Geography may be able to help with the rare species question.

Yes - 2010 - plugs were used in the salmon grove - agrimony, foxglove, meadow sweet, oxeye daisy, yellow pimpernel, cow slip, viola

Yes - Lindsey Atkinson in Staff development can assist further as she has been updating it.

Can I ask to what use this information is being put please.

Cheers

Joe

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