Wild About Devon is a new platform and network to help guide and inspire community action for wildlife. We’re doing this by linking communities with conservation organisations and experts and signposting to projects and other opportunities in a more coordinated way. There are so many fantastic community groups in Devon playing their part to tackle the Climate and Ecological Emergency but we need more!
In the long-term, we want to inspire communities to set up their own groups and projects with help from the Devon Local Nature Partnership’s many partners and start to make a real difference in their area.
We’ve created a 3-minute animation to help summarise Wild About Devon which you can watch on YouTube.
Wild About Devon has it’s own steering group which comprising of partners from a range of different organisations and groups including:
- Devon Communities Together
- Devon Association of Local Councils
- South Hams Community and Voluntary Services
- Action on Climate in Teignbridge
- Devon Church Green Action
- Devon Wildlife Trust
- Devon Biological Records Centre
- Devon County Council
- Life of the Yealm
- Moor Meadows
- Dartmoor National Park Authority
- Exmoor National Park Authority
Important: This initiative is overseen by the Devon County Council ecology team who co-ordinate the Devon LNP. They do not have the capacity to provide direct advice to community groups and so please don’t expect this. However, the contacts list provides details of organisations, groups and consultants who can provide advice (either free or for a charge).
Wild About Devon is all about connecting people and so will only work with your input. Please let us know if you can help or how we can improve things. Contact us at email@example.com
Explore our Community Toolkit to find lots of links to information and guidance produced by partner organisations. The toolkit includes information on where to get existing wildlife data, surveys, legislation, habitat management, practicalities such as insurance and funding. These pages are evolving, so please do let us know what’s missing or unclear.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to this list.
Organisations & partnerships
Exmoor National Park Authority
Wild East Devon (East Devon District Council)
North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
South Devon AONB
East Devon AONB
Tamar Valley AONB
Blackdown Hills AONB
Species and habitat groups
Specialists and consultants
A list of specialists and consultants who can be commissioned to provide paid services such as surveying, management plan development, habitat management/creation, training etc.
- Community initiatives & volunteering opportunities (organisation led)
Community wildlife groups (community led)
Teignbridge Wildlife Wardens: This fantastic district-wide project being run as an off-shoot of Action on Climate in Teignbridge (ACT) is a star example of a Devon homegrown project designed to help communities take action for wildlife. The idea is to provide willing volunteers with a broad range of skills in topics such as surveying, species identification, habitat management and the planning system. Once fully trained, volunteers will become the wildlife warden for their area by taking action to improve, protect and enhance their local area for wildlife. Explore the ACT Wildlife Wardens website to see how you can get involved or contact them directly to learn more about how to replicate a similar project in your area.
Please send us the name and weblink for your community group and we can add you to this list – email@example.com
Got a burning question that other community groups might be able to answer? Want to share your expertise and help others or just connect with like-minded souls? Why not join our Wild About Devon Facebook discussion group! We will start using this to share information on training events, webinars and other handy updates on wildlife issues and projects across Devon.
We are aware that not everyone likes Facebook and are currently exploring other forum platforms.
Parish and Town Council Wildlife Network
Parish and Town Councils have a statutory duty to take action for wildlife. If you are a council wanting to improve your area for wildlife please join our Devon Parish & Town Council Wildlife Network.
Devon Wildlife Community of the Year Awards 2021/22
Want to celebrate a fantastic project that you and your community have kick-started to make a difference for wildlife in your area? Think it’s a winner? Enter the Devon Wildlife Community of the Year Awards 201/22 for a chance to win some exciting prizes!
Community Action Wildlife Webinars
We are setting up a series of webinars for community groups and Parish and Town Councils and will promote any other relevant webinars that partners are running. See our community webinars page for details.
Community Action Map
Help us all to connect up and find out what others are doing by adding your group or project to this new interactive map. Click on ‘more information’ to add your project and then hover over the green ‘Add to Map’ tab on the far right of tabs and then click on ‘create your profile now’. Let us know if there are any problems.
After moving or zooming on the map, click ‘Update’ to refresh the map in your focus area.
The traffic light system shows how recently the information was updated for each group. Green means the information for each group has been reviewed within the last few weeks, amber if it has been reviewed in the last few months and red if it hasn’t been reviewed in over a year.