This website aims to summarise wildlife observations and to provide identification tools for the part of Bayfordbury owned and managed by the
University of Hertfordshire. For the official UH website, please, visit
Bayfordbury has a variety of habitats including amenity grasslands, semi-natural woodlands, conifer woodland
(The Pinetum), rough grasslands, ponds, an ornamental lake, scrub and hedgerows.
Rough Hills grasslands, a patch of grassland near the glasshouses, Hook’s Grove, Sailor’s Grove and the Lake are Local Wildlife Sites. The Pinetum has a status of a Local Ecosite. There is also a collection of Crab apples and ornamental trees.
Regular recording includes
Amphibians and reptiles
Butterflies and moths
Occasional surveys cover mosses, lichens, fungi and invertebrates.
Some of the current projects
Survival of slowworms relocated to Bayfordbury
The effect of mowing on plant communities
Flowering time of woodland plants
Some botanical resources
The following links provide access to botanical interactive keys for identification of ground flora in Hook's Grove in March with a desktop and mobile version. More resources under