National Highways and The Wildlife Trusts announce biodiversity boost across South West England

National Highways and The Wildlife Trusts have joined forces to launch a new £6 million Network for Nature programme that will improve habitats across the South West of England benefitting people, nature and wildlife.

The projects will help create, restore and connect places for wildflowers, trees and wildlife, where the environment has been impacted by activities from previous road...

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...

The RSPB calls for everyone to join the wildlife-planting revolution in the South West

The RSPB is calling for everyone in the South West to join the wildlife-planting revolution after a YouGov survey revealed that three quarters (78%) of people are now doing at least something in their garden or outside space to help wildlife (with 23% trying a lot, 28% trying a fair amount, and 27% trying a little).

The survey, commissioned by the RSPB as part of their Nature on Your...

Seaton Wetlands provide new home for endangered wildlife and protected plants

Seaton Wetlands, the jewel in the crown of East Devon District Council’s nature reserves, is playing a crucial role in the survival of protected species.

The award-winning nature reserve has recently seen the arrival of protected slow worms from a development site in nearby Colyton. With the help of volunteers, 15 of the legless lizards of a variety of ages were captured and moved...

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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...

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Cheeky night time visitor enjoys fish supper at Ottery garden centre

The mystery of disappearing fish at Otter Garden Centres in Ottery St Mary has been solved after eagle eyed team members spotted an unexpected visitor.

It began after a large Koi carp went missing from the onsite pond in the plant area. Two days’ later, another disappeared. After a third vanished, part of its remains were found hidden nearby.

Otter’s fish expert Jim Walker...

New year, new you: explore local nature walks from Exmouth GP surgeries

Exmouth residents can make a healthy new start to 2022 by getting outdoors and enjoying nature thanks to the launch of three new Green Health Route guides.

Each guide details two nature walks of different lengths, starting from the front door of the five surgeries in Exmouth: Imperial, Haldon, Claremont, Rolle and Raleigh .

The Green Health Route guides have been developed...

St Andrew’s in Ashburton named CPRE Devon’s Best Churchyard 2021

Devon’s Moorland Team Ministry is celebrating its success after St Andrew’s in Ashburton (Teignbridge) was named the winner of this year’s Devon CPRE ‘Best Churchyard’ award.

St Peter’s Burial Ground in Budleigh Salterton (East Devon) was runner-up.

Three churchyards were Highly Commended: St Swithuns in Shobrooke (Mid Devon), St Swithuns in Woodbury (East Devon) and St Mary's...

Wildlife thrives at East Devon Crematorium ten years after opening

Wildlife thrives at East Devon Crematorium 10 years after opening

The endangered great crested newt and the rare horseshoe bat are just two of the species which have found their home in the grounds of a local crematorium in Whimple.

As East Devon Crematorium turns 10 years old, colleagues are reflecting on the success of the ecological enhancements which have attracted some rare and interesting wildlife to make the site their home.


Protestors against the Yelland development on the Taw estuary in North Devon

North Devon Council refuses luxury holiday village in sensitive Taw estuary landscape

Devon CPRE, the local branch of the countryside charity, today (9 June) congratulated North Devon Council for overwhelmingly voting to refuse an application to build 250 premium houses and apartments on the bank of the Taw estuary at Yelland Quay.

The site, where a small coal-fired power station stood between the 1950s and the 1980s, is in a noted wildlife habitat. It’s adjacent to an...