A summary of the nature related events happening across the North Devon Biosphere. This page will be updated regularly. Photo: A Bee's View, the Gaia Trust
Bideford Little Green Town: regular weekend events
Little Green Town is a community gardening project working turn Bideford into an edible paradise! Events throughout May to help with this community garden project
We have planted vegetables, fruit bushes, herbs, apple trees and more! The produce is all free to pick, so please do help yourself!
We would love to hear you if you would like to come and get involved, you don't need to be a gardener, everyone is welcome! Our beds have been enjoyed by the local wildlife too, an array of bumble bees enjoy the flowers, Painted Lady butterflies have visited, we even have a resident Robin who often joins us for our gardening sessions
Plastic Free North Devon are also running regular litter picking events, see their Facebook page.
Open Meadows throughout Devon 20th May-15th August
THURSDAY 20TH – TUESDAY 25TH MAY, 10am-1 pm, 2-5 pm
The Mill, Ideford, Chudleigh, TQ13 0AZ
THURSDAY 27th MAY, 10am-5pm
Brook Manor, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0HR
25th May 6pm: Saving Devon's Treescapes
Ash Dieback will affect everyone, but everyone can be part of the solution. Register for this free event here.
Devon’s treescapes are stunning and crucial habitats for so much wildlife. But they have been in decline for many decades and are now facing a new threat from Ash Dieback. A disease that is sadly estimated will kill at least 90% of Devon’s ash trees in the coming years.
The Saving Devon’s Treescapes project, led by Devon Wildlife Trust on behalf of the Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum, is here to provide hope and action in the face of these alarming changes. In this talk we will explore what we know so far about Ash Dieback as well as looking into what is being done to save Devon’s treescapes and how you can get involved.
Thursday 27th May: Dragonflies
Dave Smallshire, British Dragonfly Society Recorder for Devon and co-author of Britain’s Dragonflies, will give an introduction to the biology of this fascinating group of insects and tips on identifying the species likely to be seen in North and West Devon.
This talk is being hosted by the Conservation Communities project which is working with residents to discover, record and protect wildlife across 11 Devon parishes between Great Torrington and Hatherleigh. Find out more about this project here.
Thursday 27th May: 6pm-8pm: Conservation Grazing
The final session will look at grazing case studies on a range of different grassland types. We will start by investigating the status of grasslands across Wales and the role grazing can have in improving grassland condition. The webinar will engage farmers and land managers discussing the issues they have faced in establishing and maintaining appropriate grazing and looking at both successes and challenges.
Friday 28th May: Barnstaple in Bloom Tidy up the Taw
Meet at 11/11.30am outside Barnstaple museum
Sunday 13th June: County Wildlife Site guided walk
Meet at the farm house at grid ref.SS 518 022 at 10.30am please locate the farm on a map before coming. The farmhouse is at the end of a long lane.
This meeting is a chance to explore the insect and other wildlife of a small County Wildlife Site where wet woodland and Culm grassland lie side by side, and to discuss appropriate management. What’s the best balance between willow scrub and open flower-rich grassland? Should cattle be allowed access to the wet woodland? Which habitat supports most flies, moths, butterflies or beetles? We will address these and other such questions. We will walk back up the lane beside species-rich hedges managed for dormice and brown hairstreaks, through a hay field full of flowers and a young broadleaved plantation, to the site.
21st June, 19th July: Bumblebee ID
The WestCountry Buzz project is into it's fourth year with plenty of events and courses to get involved in.
21st June and 19th July: Refresher ID Courses
Main places to find out about events relating to Devon:
- Devon Wildlife Trust: You can also catch up on YouTube here
- Braunton Countryside Centre: If you missed any of the BCC events you can catch up on YouTube here
May 31, 2021
Every month we like to reflect and celebrate all the brilliant pledges that have taken place. Our Pledge for Nature Coordinator Bryony Paul left the project at the end of May so she has written a few words to reflect on the last 18 months and we look forward to welcoming her successor in June.
Apr 30, 2021
Every month we like to review the brilliant pledges tand events that have happened. This month we had Earth Day (theme 'restore our earth'), we visited Braunton to give out house martin nest cup materials and wildflower seeds and we have helped to support a new community rewilding project in South Molton. Barnstaple in Bloom also organised a brilliant 'Tidy the Taw' event. This month we have a special guest writer Bethany Lee (volunteer) who has written a section about how to enjoy the sunshine in an environmental responsible manner which ties in well with the Devon wide Naturally Healthy May campaign!
Apr 1, 2021
Every month we like to review the brilliant pledges that people have made - there's been loads of fantastic pledges this month well done everybody! We also introduce the new April-June seasonal activities and challenge you to hear/see the some of the first signs of Spring.
Mar 1, 2021
Every month we like to review the brilliant pledges that people have made as well as what look wildlife and nature to look out for. This month we have a special guest writer, Sally Vergette a farmer from Highampton has written about the efforts they have made on their farm to make it more wildlife friendly.
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