Wild About Devon

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.

There is a steering group overseeing the work of Wild About Devon. See here for the full list of organisations.

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 (below) 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 nature@devon.gov.uk


Surveys

Find out what wildlife and habitats are in your local area. Here you’ll find information about collecting background information and data, recording, surveying techniques and mapping.


Legislation, policy and planning

Headline information on legislation, policy and relevant issues such as planning, lighting, disease and invasives. 


Take action for wildlife

Here you’ll find lots of information about how to manage, restore and create different habitats.


Funding, insurance and more…

Things to consider when setting up a wildlife project, community group or initiative including information on funding, health and safety and insurance. 

Applications for the Wild About Devon grant are open! Funding will be awarded on a first come first serve basis to successful applicants, up to £500. More information and the form to apply are on the Devon Communities Together grant page.


Contacts

Please email nature@devon.org.uk to be added to this list.


Discussion Forum

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.

Community Action for Wildlife Devon | Facebook

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!


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.