Facilities and infrastructure

Field Facilities

The department’s main field facility, Henfaes Research Centre, is located at Abergwyngregyn about 7 miles from Bangor and totals 252 hectares. It provides facilities for research and teaching in lowland agriculture (arable crops, livestock grazing etc), forestry, hydrology, environmental science and conservation; and it also has an extensive shoreline for studying coastal salt marsh processes. Our upland field facility, Centre for Hill and Upland Management (CHUM), comprises 203 hectares and is managed as a commercial sheep unit (currently managed under the Tir Gofal agri-environment scheme). Infrastructure at the Henfaes Research Centre includes:

  • growth rooms, glasshouses
  • 16 solardomes (managed by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology)
  • long-term pasture, crop, agroforestry, forestry and soil science experimental plots in over 40 ha

Treborth Botanic Garden

Treborth Botanic Garden, covers an area of 18 hectares on the shores of the Menai Strait and has been owned by Bangor University since 1960. Whilst being freely open to the public, Treborth is used for some of the research and teaching activities of the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography.

Treborth is home to seven glasshouses, including a large landscaped tropical house, Europe's largest underground root laboratory (the rhizotron), a teaching laboratory, formal garden beds, a rock garden, an arboretum and a conservation collection. The new Coast Path for Wales runs through the Garden and attracts over 100,000 visitors per year alongside frequent visits from local schools and special interest groups.


Take a look at the activities and plants at Treborth Botanic Garden, on the edge of the Menai Strait in Bangor, North Wales.

Analytical facilities

The Environment Centre Wales (ECW) is a partnership venture between the Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) and Bangor University. ECW provides a modern research facility for a mix of scientists from atmosphere, land, freshwater and marine disciplines to deliver integrated science within a green iconic building which mirrors our research focus on environmental issues.

The Ecosystems and Environment Group (EEG) was formed to bring together scientific expertise both from within and from outside the university, in the areas of carbon, nutrient and contaminant flow within and between ecosystems.

We operate a suite of laboratories on the second floor of the ECW building. This suite includes a radio and stable isotope lab, a Category 2 pathogen lab, a darkened microscope room, sample preparation laboratories and a dedicated analytical instrument lab. Within the labs we house the following range of analytical instruments and facilities:

Ankom Fibre Analyser
Atlas Suntest CPS
Biological Safety Cabinets
Fluorescence and Binocular Microscopes
Fluorescence spectrophotometer
Growth Cabinets
Incubators and Ovens
Leco CN Analyser
MicroBeta Luminescence Counter
Micro Oxymax Respirometer
Muffle Furnace
Respirometer (CO2 Analyser)
Seward Stomacher 400 Circulator

Tecan Infinite 200 Pro Multi-plate Reader
TOC Tnb Elemental Analyser
TXRF Elemental Analyser
Varian GC MS
Varian HPLC
Wallac Scintillation Counter

Additional equipment relating to wood processing and production of plant fibre-based composites is available in the BioComposites Centre. Staff also have access to a range of new equipment for plant and environmental science research in Biological Sciences and Chemistry. These include facilities for genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, microscopy and imaging, cell probes and a botanic garden.

Desk-Based Facilities

The Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation (CEBC) was established in 2003 with the goal of supporting decision making in conservation and environmental management. CEBC promotes evidence-based practice through the production and dissemination of systematic reviews on both the effectiveness of management and policy interventions and on the impact of human activities on the natural environment.

Long-term experiment sites

We have a number of sites which are monitored on a long-term basis and provide opportunities for research and project work. Click here for more information.