The Department of Research and Documentation is the research arm of TBG which is bestowed with the fundamental function of conducting research on biodiversity conservation in the AlbertineRift as well as collecting and managing data.
The Department is entrusted with the mandate of developing and implementing research projects that are focused on the sustainable use, conservation and preservation of natural resources. The collections that arise from the research and collection activities are identified, preserved and curated in the herbarium. These form the core of botanical reference collection and are the basis for education, research and conservation in the various fields covered.
A significant number of research staff members are often called upon by local universities and non-governmental institutions to offer specialized trainings whose expertise in the region is only available at TBG.
Very little research has been conducted regarding the domestication and utilisation of forest tree species in an urban environment. As such TBG has taken the lead and has already seen over 200 species of forest tree planted within its grounds where growth rates and preferred conditions are being compiled. This data is publicly available and it is hoped this reduce the general public’s dependence on the environmentally ‘unfriendly’ eucalyptus and pine which are the preferred species within Uganda. Many indigenous species have shown that they are capable of matching growth rates and providing timber of equal and often better quality but without the undesirable effects caused to the soil and water table that are associated with eucalyptus and pine.
Primates are undoubtedly the main tourist attraction in Uganda but this is closely followed by birding due to Uganda’s incredible bird biodiversity. There are an estimated 1100 species of bird in Uganda and this represents more than 10% of the world total bird biodiversity making it a birders paradise.
Many of these species are confined to the National Parks and little is known about how birds are reacting to the changes in urbanisation. As such TBG has taken it upon itself to monitor all species found within the gardens to demonstrate the importance of having such a biome within an urban environment. Using specially designed bird nets where the birds remain for no more than a few seconds and suffer no harm, birds are momentarily captured, identified, photographed and key features noted before they are released back into the gardens. It is planned that this research will be published across our social media platforms with a new species being presented each week. Follow our Facebook for more updates!
Tours at the Botanical Gardens
Our competent guides can handle up to 100 students per tour which will then be broken down into smaller groups to ensure everyone can participate. TBG has special packages for local communities such as herbalists, primary pupils,post primary pupils, university students and both national and international researchers. To use these services please let us know at least two days in advance to ensure we have guides available. Alternatively if you prefer to explore the gardens on you own a brochure with a map of the gardens and explanations of the different areas can be purchased for a small fee at the reception area.