Landscape, Heritage and Natural Resources
University College Cork has the good fortune to be located (largely) on the banks of River Lee on beautiful grounds with a significant area of formal gardens, informal green areas and riverside walks. The campus is home to a significant amount of biodiversity including a variety of flowering plants, grassland, many native and exotic trees, substantial riparian areas, and the various associated wildlife. A recent habitat survey of the Main and North Mall Campus recorded a total of twenty-two distinct habitats, many of moderate to-high importance to local biodiversity. Such natural resources, habitats and biodiversity not only contribute to the staff and student experience, but are critically important in the maintenance of ecosystem services including the regulation of climate and disease; the maintenance of water and nutrient cycles and crop pollination; and they provide a multitude of health and cultural benefits.