Devon Wildlife Trust

Wildlife and donkeys benefit from flood-friendly hedge-planting

Wildlife and donkeys benefit from flood-friendly hedge-planting

More than 500 young hedge trees have been planted at the Woods Farm site near Sidmouth

Rare butterflies and birds could benefit from hedge restoration work at animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary as part of a wider scheme to improve water quality and reduce flooding across parts of East Devon.

Staff from the sanctuary have planted more the 500 young hedge trees so far to help...

Prof Iain Stewart revealed as Devon Wildlife Trust’s new president

Plymouth University academic and TV geologist Professor Iain Stewart MBE has been revealed as the new president of top local conservation charity Devon Wildlife Trust.

Prof Stewart is only the third person to take on the honorary role since the conservation charity was founded 55 years ago in 1962. His appointment was made after a unanimous decision by

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The joys of spring at Wembury

Families can kick off their Easter holidays on Saturday 1 April with free nature spotting and beach activities guided by National Trust Rangers and Devon Wildlife Trust Wardens.

Wembury Spring Fun Day runs from 11am – 4pm at the seaside haven just outside Plymouth and visitors can drop in whenever they like to join the outdoor family activities lined up throughout the day


‘Saved’ woodland becomes charity’s 50th wildlife haven

A woodland which was saved from development has become Devon Wildlife Trust’s 50th nature reserve.

New England Wood covers 50 acres at Lee Mill, half a mile from the A38 and seven miles to the east of Plymouth. Described as a ‘charming, broadleaved woodland’, the new nature reserve also has the River Yealm passing beneath its trees.

The wildlife haven is Devon Wildlife Trust’...

Charity and Kew combine for Devon's trees

Devon Wildlife Trust has spent this autumn conducting a very different kind of harvest.

The charity has been collecting seed from Devon’s ash, hawthorn, blackthorn, holly and other trees at some of its 49 nature reserves as part of a national project to aimed at protecting the UK’s woodlands. Devon Wildlife Trust is a partner in the UK National Tree Seed Project, which has been set up...

New poll reveals children's lack of wildlife experiences

Evidence has been growing for a number of years pointing to the health and social benefits to be derived from contact with the natural world for all ages.

However, results from a new YouGov poll, commissioned by The Wildlife Trusts, highlight the discrepancy between what parents think is best for children and what they actually experience. Our new poll shows that:

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Dartmoor jewel becomes new nature reserve

Seventy hectares of wildlife-rich land close to one of Dartmoor’s most popular recreation sites is set to become a brand new nature reserve thanks to a partnership between Devon Wildlife Trust and the Forestry Commission.

The nature reserve, which is to be called Bellever Moor and Meadow, is owned by the Forestry Commission and is close to the moorland village of Postbridge and the...

Charities unite to put nature on the agenda

The National Trust, RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts are calling on people across the West Country to put nature at the heart of debate in the run up to May’s General Election and encourage candidates to support nature.

Together the three charities have produced South West Nature 2015 - a new website that details landscapes, wildlife and the issues these face, across all 55 Westminster...

A Wild Life is a Better Life

When we stop and think, we all know that nature is good for us – but how often do we stop and think?

Devon Wildlife Trust has launched My Wild Life which encourages us all to stop for a minute to reflect on what wildlife means to us and think about how to make wildlife part of our everyday lives.

If we did this, not only would wildlife benefit, but so would we – because contact...

‘Fairy’ found on North Devon coast

A new variety of sea anemone has been found off the coast of north Devon. Just 6mm tall, the tiny animal was spotted by retired teacher Robert Durrant in Hele Bay, near Ilfracombe.

But it took an international exchange of emails and photos before the anemone was identified as a new variety. As it lacks a common name, Robert has proposed calling the small, pretty creature the ‘fairy...