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Celebrating Biodiversity on International Day for Biodiversity at The Wood Centre for Innovation

May 22nd 2024

🌿 Celebrating Biodiversity on International Day for Biodiversity

Today marks International Day for Biodiversity, commemorating the adoption of the text of the Convention on Biological Diversity on May 22, 1992. It’s a moment to reflect on our efforts to improve and conserve biodiversity, protect the incredible species that form our ecological communities, and celebrate their diversity.

🌳 5th Anniversary of the Science Oxford Centre and Wood Centre For Innovation

As we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the opening of the Science Oxford Centre and the Wood Centre For Innovation this month, we also recognise the vital work happening across our 15 acres of woodland, ponds, and grassland. Our mission here at the Wood Centre for Innovation is to safeguard and enhance biodiversity, and we’re grateful for the support of our partners and dedicated volunteers who have made this possible.

🌱 Investing in Our Woodland

Over the past five years, The Oxford Trust has made significant investments in our woodland. We carefully manage it to benefit both ecology and education. We hope that it will inspire the children who visit our Centre, fostering a deep understanding of the natural world and nurturing the future stewards of our precious planet.

🦋 Recording Flora and Fauna

Our site has become a haven for diverse flora and fauna. Notable findings include:

  • 42 species of moths
  • 17 species of butterflies
  • 9 species of dragonflies and damselflies
  • An impressive 573 great crested newts (a significant increase since 2016)

🌳 Conservation Efforts

In addition to recording species, we’ve taken concrete steps to protect and enhance our environment:

  • 1,133 trees planted
  • 50 bird boxes installed
  • 10 bat boxes installed
  • 40,000 bees introduced to a hive
  • 9 badgers vaccinated against TB

📸 Follow Our Outdoor Learning and Ecology Manager

For more insights into our work, follow our Outdoor Learning and Ecology Manager, Roger, on Instagram: @scienceoxfordnature. You can also read his latest blog on the Science Oxford website (Home – Science Oxford), where he shares his experiences caring for our woodland, ponds, and outdoor spaces at the Science Oxford Centre. 🌿

November 13th 2023

Autumn news from companies in our innovation centres

There have been many exciting developments for companies in our two innovation centres, the Wood Centre for Innovation and the Oxford Centre for Innovation In case you’ve missed any of the good news, we’ve put together a collection of highlights from the past few months. New companies in our centres We’re pleased to have […]

November 6th 2023

Five minutes with Jonathan Musgrove, CEO of Oxford Sigma

We are pleased to welcome fusion materials technology start-up Oxford Sigma to our Oxford Centre for Innovation (read the news story here). We sat down with co-founder and CEO Jonathan Musgrove to discover more about their work and vision for the future of the company.

October 9th 2023

Five minutes with NavLive co-founders Dr David Wisth and Prof Maurice Fallon

University of Oxford spinout NavLive has recently joined the community of inspiring deep-tech start-ups at our Oxford Centre for Innovation. With its advanced 3D mapping technology, it aims to create new norms in the complex management of building sites, bringing economic benefits to the building and construction sector. We spoke to its co-founders, […]