Steer clear of baby deer! 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/30/2022 - 2:29pm

A joint campaign is underway to inform members of the public about the need to give both pregnant or nursing deer and their young plenty of space when out enjoying the countryside.

Over the coming weeks, from mid-May to July, people may discover newly-born deer hidden in the grass or undergrowth and might mistakenly assume that they have been abandoned Please do not touch, disturb or move them as usually their mothers will not be far away.

It is quite normal for newly born deer to be left hidden in grass and other undergrowth while their mothers feed nearby, returning at...

National Highways and The Wildlife Trusts announce biodiversity boost across South West England

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Wed, 05/25/2022 - 2:06pm

National Highways and The Wildlife Trusts have joined forces to launch a new £6 million Network for Nature programme that will improve habitats across the South West of England benefitting people, nature and wildlife.

The projects will help create, restore and connect places for wildflowers, trees and wildlife, where the environment has been impacted by activities from previous road building. Natural solutions such as wetlands and reedbeds will help filter polluted run-off from roads.

Wild areas which have been fragmented by highways will be improved and restored for...

The RSPB calls for everyone to join the wildlife-planting revolution in the South West

The RSPB is calling for everyone in the South West to join the wildlife-planting revolution after a YouGov survey revealed that three quarters (78%) of people are now doing at least something in their garden or outside space to help wildlife (with 23% trying a lot, 28% trying a fair amount, and 27% trying a little).

The survey, commissioned by the RSPB as part of their Nature on Your Doorstep campaign, also revealed the wide range of ways that people in the South West are already gardening with wildlife in mind – 47% consider how a plant can benefit pollinators when choosing what...

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Grants of up to £500 available for Devon community wildlife projects

Independent charity Devon Communities Together (DCT) has announced the launch of a new Community Wildlife Grant scheme, which has been developed by the Devon Local Nature Partnership (DLNP) to provide small grants of up to £500 to community wildlife projects.

Applications are open to parish and town councils, community groups and community partnerships that wish to fund initiatives that will benefit local wildlife. This includes funding a new idea, continuing an existing project or starting a new group.

The scheme is being managed by Devon Communities Together and has been...

Farm Wilder- eat better and support British wildlife

Eat better and support British wildlife: Farm Wilder puts wildlife and animal welfare standards first through its new online meat delivery scheme

Authored by Lucy
Posted: Mon, 11/01/2021 - 12:16pm

Farm Wilder’s new direct to your door delivery scheme has been launched to promote the highest quality meat from Devon farms that has been raised and grazed to support wildlife, biodiversity and beautiful landscapes.

Farm Wilder supplies meat boxes direct to your door via its ecommerce site at www.farmwilder.co.uk from farms based primarily on Dartmoor, as well as a handful elsewhere in Devon and east Cornwall that are committed to supporting and restoring wildlife to their farms. The entire range is reared by farmers who use regenerative farming practices, working in harmony with...

How to attract and protect Autumn wildlife in your garden

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Wed, 09/01/2021 - 12:13pm

As autumn approaches, gardeners are being given advice on how to attract and protect wildlife.

Experts at GardeningExpress.co.uk have put together their tips on how to attract wildlife including birds and hedgehogs to your garden as the temperature begins to drop.

As autumn approaches, many wildlife species will be looking for a place to stay and hibernate as the cold months pass.

Gardens across the country will be acting as a home and there are small things that gardeners can do to help attract wildlife and provide them with a safe space.

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Wildlife haven vision for former Exeter golf course backed by residents

Overwhelming backing proposals to enhance a former golf course into a much-loved green space in the heart of Exeter has been given by residents following a public consultation.

Exeter City Council earlier this year launched a consultation on how best to enhance the former Northbrook Approach golf course off Topsham Road in the year in partnership with Devon Wildlife Trust, following approval for the go-ahead from the council’s executive back in February 2020.

The Northbrook golf course was closed in 2019, and proposals initially would have seen the land disposed of, only...

Survey local riverbanks this spring to help save endangered water voles

Survey local riverbanks this spring to help save endangered water voles

Wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is calling for volunteers across England, Scotland and Wales to search for sightings and signs of water voles along local riverbanks, canals and other inland waterways, from now until 15th June 2021.

This survey, which is part of PTES’ National Water Vole Monitoring Programme, helps conservationists find where water voles are living, how their populations are changing each year, and most importantly, where they are in most need of help.

PTES needs to build on the survey data gathered since 2015 to create a...

Fabulous response to Wildlife at Home photography competition

Organisers or a wildlife at home photography competition have been bowled over by the high standard of entries.

Exeter City Council and Devon Wildlife Trust received 93 entries for the competition, with dozens of stunning images.

In the end it was David Flint’s close-up of a garden dragonfly that impressed judges the most. David will receive a book on Wildlife Gardening, kindly donated by Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) for his efforts.

Eleven-year-old Oliver Marsh won the junior category with his shot of a robin on a bench. Oliver will also receive a book of...

The search begins for Devon's Best Churchyard of 2021

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 02/02/2021 - 1:15am

During the pandemic, Devon’s residents have appreciated the green spaces around their churches like never before and now Devon CPRE is inviting churches of all denominations to enter this year’s competition to find the ‘Best Churchyard’ in the whole of the county.

Following a year with little to celebrate, Devon CPRE applauds the volunteers helping to maintain and ‘green up’ Devon’s churchyards. During the challenging months of lockdown, many churchyards have become real sanctuaries for the local community - not just for churchgoers. In some places, they are the only public space...