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Joe Webster - Sycamore, Yew, Bluebells

Exhibition by Joe Webster - Amongst the Bluebells

Mankind's relationship with the natural world is brought into focus with a beautiful and subtle depiction of the local Devon landscape, ultimately sounding a celebration of life.

Joe Webster's 2022 bluebell paintings are both a continuation of his two decades of experience and observation in nature while also marking an evolution in his unique landscape-graffiti style.

This beautiful collection uses dramatic tonal and colour harmonies presenting shades of black alongside bold, vibrant shades of indigo and lime green. Joe's use of graffiti...

Orchids galore as donkeys play key role in wildflower conservation

A scheme that allows donkeys to help with the management of a wildflower meadow at The Donkey Sanctuary’s headquarters in Sidmouth has blossomed into a dazzling display of orchids.

At the end of last summer, rescued donkeys Paddy and Kelley were walked through a wildflower meadow at the site in Sidmouth as part of their routine training and exercise.

Now the wildflowers are...

Steer clear of baby deer! 

A joint campaign is underway to inform members of the public about the need to give both pregnant or nursing deer and their young plenty of space when out enjoying the countryside.

Over the coming weeks, from mid-May to July, people may discover newly-born deer hidden in the grass or undergrowth and might mistakenly assume that they have been abandoned Please do not touch, disturb or...

Bee resting on a flower

Grants of up to £500 available for Devon community wildlife projects

Independent charity Devon Communities Together (DCT) has announced the launch of a new Community Wildlife Grant scheme, which has been developed by the Devon Local Nature Partnership (DLNP) to provide small grants of up to £500 to community wildlife projects.

Applications are open to parish and town councils, community groups and community partnerships that wish to fund initiatives...

February half-term 2022 'Brilliant Birds' activities

Delve into Dartmoor’s wonderful wildlife this February half term with a focus on the moor’s birds. Dartmoor is home to a fascinating range of birds and provides a refuge for species that are under threat elsewhere. Birds such as the cuckoo, meadow pipit, skylark and ring ouzel can all be seen and heard at different times of the year. The Authority is committed to keeping the landscape special...

Work begins on new homes and nature trail in Cullompton

Taylor Wimpey has started work on a community of new homes and green spaces in Cullompton.

Culm Valley Park , off Siskin Chase, will comprise of 105 homes, 30 of which will be provided for rent through the local authority. The development will include a new nature trail park, with around 40% of the total site set aside as green space for the residents of Cullompton to enjoy. The...

Donkeys play key role in wildflower conservation scheme 

Donkeys are playing a key role in an innovative conservation scheme encouraging the growth of wildflowers at the headquarters of international animal welfare charity, The Donkey Sanctuary.

Paddy and Kelley, a pair of rescued donkeys, are being regularly walked through a wildflower meadow at the site in Sidmouth, as part of their routine training and exercise.

As the donkeys...

The National Lottery Heritage Fund grants a £9.5million Heritage Horizon Award to UK’s first National Marine Park: Plymouth Sound

This ‘Park in the Sea’ will transform lives, employment, education, volunteering and tackle climate change

One of the world’s most important and visually stunning natural harbours,where the largest naval base in Europe meets fragile sea grass beds,Plymouth Sound and its Estuaries Special Area of Conservation have multiple designations for protected habitats and support over 1,000 species of...

Wild Exmouth is now on the map

Households in Exmouth will receive their own map of the town that showcases the best of the outdoors. The maps will be delivered by Royal Mail by 24th April.

Wild Exmouth , a three year community nature project, has produced a wonderful map to highlight trails and cycle paths along with parks, nature reserves, play areas and community orchards.

Working with local designer,...

Buttercups at Ide by Joe Webster

Marks of Nature Exhibition

Our first Exhibition of the year brings together three very different artists from the south west, John Grice , Joe Webster and Ellie Verrecchia , who each have a true love of the natural world which they celebrate in their paintings. Their landscapes and seascapes of the local coastline and countryside are exceptional. John has produced some fantastic new work. Joe likes to mix things up with a bit of street art giving an edge to his paintings, and Ellie's gentle works on paper are breathtakingly beautiful.

You can browse the exhibition here and if you would like to see more...

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