Bird ringing at Seaton Wetlands

Event Date: 
28/06/2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Discovery Hut, Seaton Wetlands, Colyford to Seaton Road, EX12 2SP

Bird ringing demonstration by Axe Estuary Ringing Group

An exciting chance to see wild birds up close as they are ringed to allow us to obtain important data about them.

Please note, this event is dependent on suitable conditions and weather. Sometimes the event is unavoidably cancelled at the last minute. Check the Axe Estuary Ringing Group's blog for up to date information.

Wetlands volunteer open day

Event Date: 
27/08/2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Seaton Wetlands, Colyford to Seaton Road, Seaton, EX12 2SP

Explore Seaton Wetlands with the Countryside team and also discover all about the Axe Vale and District Conservation Society

Learn how you can get involved by volunteering; includes Wader-Watch, moth trapping, conservation tasks and flower walks.

National Park team make repairs to medieval settlement

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 06/10/2016 - 3:06pm

Dartmoor National Park Conservation Works Team has been busy this week, working with archaeologists to make repairs to the nationally important medieval settlement at Hound Tor.

Repairs are needed periodically to replace stones which have been dislodged by cattle rubbing, erosion or human interference. The work involves identifying where stones originated in the walls of the buildings and repositioning them in their original locations – occasionally using discrete amounts of glue to ensure the stones remain in place.

Training day: freshwater invertebrates and water quality

Event Date: 
11/06/2016 - 9:30am to 5:15pm
Seaton Wetlands

A full-day course with an experienced ecologist and tutor

What does a stream full of worms, blood worms and water lice compared with one containing stone flies, mayflies and caddis flies tell us about their relative water qualities?

Led by experienced ecologist and tutor Adrian Bayley, this day course will give you an insight into the world of freshwater life, and how species are adapted to different aquatic systems.

By the end of the day you'll be able to make assessments of water quality based on the invertebrates you find.


Conservation laws need reshaping to protect sea turtles

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/16/2016 - 7:47am

An illegal trade in marine turtles is continuing despite legislation and conservation awareness campaigns, a pioneering study has shown.

The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Exeter in the Cape Verde islands, 500 km off the West Coast of Africa, and one of the world’s leading nesting sites for the protected loggerhead species, found that the biological impact of the trade has been previously underestimated and that turtles are still being harvested and consumed.

Volunteers needed at Haytor on Sunday

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:32pm

Come along to Haytor this Sunday (8 May) and join Dartmoor National Park Ranger Simon Lee as he leads a team of volunteers to continue working on the popular Templer Way walking route near Haytor. The day runs from 10:30 until 3:30 and starts at the National Park Visitor Centre, Haytor.

The Templer Way follows the route by which granite was taken from the quarries in the Haytor area during the 1800s on an 18 mile journey toTeignmouth on the south coast.

Conservation volunteers set to mark third year of service

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 04/23/2016 - 12:18pm

East Devon Conservation volunteers have dedicated an amazing 1800 hours to help keep the countryside looking beautiful since they were established more than two years ago.

The volunteering group was established in September 2013 and since then the group has gone from strength to strength. There are now a number of regular volunteers who give up their time to play an important role in the development and conservation of the district's fantastic wildlife and habitats.

Major conservation project to preserve Cathedral’s medieval statues

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 04/22/2016 - 8:34am

THE iconic image screen on the front of Exeter Cathedral is to undergo an extensive renovation – made possible thanks to the support of The Prince of Wales who made a donation through The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation.

The three rows of statues on the West Front were added to the already constructed Cathedral between 1340 and 1470, and depict angels, kings and prophets and disciples of Jesus.

Green ideas help holiday park win gold

Authored by McQueenie Mulholland
Posted: Mon, 04/11/2016 - 11:01am

A family-run caravan and camping park on the East Devon coast is celebrating its latest clutch of awards.

And the team at Oakdown Holiday Park is particularly proud of one of its achievements - its David Bellamy gold award.

The award recognises Oakdown’s enduring commitment to preserving the natural environment - and it is the 20th time they have won it. It was presented to Doreen and Roger Franks at a ceremony in London.

It's all in the detail for Devon building firm

Authored by McQueenie Mulholland
Posted: Tue, 03/22/2016 - 11:25am

A TEAM of Devon builders has developed an eye for the tiniest detail after winning a contract to repair one of the south west’s most prestigious properties.

Woofenden Construction, which is based in Kentisbeare, near Cullompton, has won a contract to repair the historic ceilings of grade I listed Dorset property, Kingston Maurward House.