Great News for KAUST Wildlife
Protected Areas at the Golf Club
An exciting agreement has been signed to establish a series of protected
areas at the Safaa Golf Club with the aim of promoting biodiversity at KAUST. The
agreement is the result of collaboration between Community Life, Facilities &
Management, and Health, Safety & Environment; and is in collaboration with
MGS who manage the golf facility.
There are two main parts to the plan. Firstly, a series of wildlife corridors will be
developed creating more continuous lines of trees or bushes. Many wildlife species
feed along the corridors because there are insects to eat and cover in which to hide. By
establishing the continuous corridors, we will encourage more species to visit
KAUST including both local and migratory species. The second part is to monitor
any essential maintenance work in these areas to reduce the impact on wildlife.
The map indicates two types of biodiversity spots or areas. In the yellow areas, only essential work will be undertaken. These areas are rarely visited by even the most wayward golfers and were chosen because of their remoteness. These areas will be allowed to develop naturally. In the red areas, the timing of essential maintenance work will consider the effect on biodiversity. Breeding and migratory times will be avoided whenever possible. There are plans to re-wild the area between the practice area and the stadium with local plants, which it
is hoped will then attract more local species.
As the scheme develops, educational and promotional materials will be
developed explaining the work being undertaken. It is hoped this will become
an example of insightful management practice and a valuable community