Recycling

Worcester College provides a full range of recycling facilities. Details can be found in the ‘Accommodation’ section of the ‘College Only’ area of the main college website. If you have any questions about recycling, do get in touch.

The Green Group

Environmental matters in college are coordinated by the Green Group, a committee of student volunteers, including the MCR and JCR Green Reps, which meets with members of the college staff on a regular basis. If you would like to join the Green Group or if there is a topic which you would like discussed at it, then do get in touch.

Edible Garden

Worcester is proud to possess Oxford’s first and best edible garden, a student-run garden producing fresh fruit and vegetables. The garden can be found between the tennis courts and the Earl Building and is run by Lizzie Sandis, who runs regular gardening sessions throughout the year. Helping out with the garden is a great way to get to know people and to unwind from the tribulations of work. Contact Lizzie (elizabeth.sandis@merton.ox.ac.uk) for more information or have a look at the facebook group:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/142477545795378/

Biodiversity

Worcester has some of the most extensive grounds of any Oxford College. As well as containing beautiful gardens and sports facilities, the grounds are also home to a wide range of wildlife. One of the aims outlined in the College’s Environmental Action Plan is to manage the grounds in ways which are beneficial to wild animals. To help with this process, we’re trying to build up a rough picture of the wildlife that lives in Worcester.

The following animals can readily be seen in Worcester:

Birds: blackbird, starling, greenfinch, goldfinch, wren, robin, jackdaw, crow, magpie, jays, blue tit, great tit, wood pigeon, pied wagtail, sparrow hawk, dunnock, greylag goose, mallard, moorhen, coot, Canada goose, heron, various kinds of ornamental duck.

Butterflies: small white, large white, red admiral, comma, common blue, small tortoiseshell

A complete list of species seen in Worcester can be found here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E8z9grgj5HAx4Cryech3YV94LTGaDEV1VLV0…

If you spot any animals other than those listed above, or if you notice anything interesting, let me know. Likewise, if you know about wildlife (especially bats, mammals, and insects), then it’d be great to hear from you.

The information gathered will contribute to the University’s wider efforts to encourage biodiversity, details of which can be found here:

http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/estates/environment/biodiversity/