It isn’t just wildlife information that you need if you are setting up a community wildlife project. You also need to consider a host of other things such as how to recruit volunteers, how to organise meetings and ensure that everyone gets a say, health & safety, insurance, funding and how to find out who does cut the grass and who to talk to about possibly changing things…
These pages are work in progress but we will be adding useful links to help with the non wildlife stuff that you need to know about.
Devon Communities Together offers lots of advice on how to set up a community project, including training courses on key issues.
This easy step by step guide produced by My Community is a great place to start for information on governance, insurance and funding.
If you are going to use volunteers to carry out habitat management it may be worth considering membership of The Conservation Volunteers community support network which offers a number of benefits including access to Public Liability and Personal Accident Insurance By joining their network you also get access to discounts from TCV’s suppliers of tools, trees, seeds and equipment, funding information, support and guidance, grant information, discounted insurance and more.
Linking to groups such as Women’s Institute, Parish Councils and Scout groups may allow you to be covered by their public liability insurance at no extra cost.
With a focus on the low carbon economy, the funds featured on Devon County Council’s Environment Funding page cover energy efficiency, renewables, resource management, biodiversity and nature conservation.