Wildlife advice and guidance

Explore our comprehensive wildlife advice and guidance pages designed to help you take action for wildlife and address the Ecological Emergency. Since there is so much excellent information already available online, we’ve curated links to the best available guidance and grouped them into the categories below. Where there are gaps in online wildlife information, we have worked with specialists to develop new, bespoke guidance.

These pages are a work in progress and are constantly being expanded and improved to ensure we cover all bases. Please email bella.birch-hurst@devon.gov.uk if you feel we are missing anything or find that any links are broken.


How to survey, identify and record different species and species groups.


How to survey, manage and create a variety of different habitats.

Wildlife and the law

Information about wildlife legislation, protected species, site designations and the planning system.

Wildlife projects

How to set up your project and get involved with existing wildlife projects and groups.

Contacts and help

Specialists and organisations who can provide advice and training on wildlife topics.