Every month we like to give a summary of everything that has happened with the Pledge for Nature project. We love seeing your pictures and hearing about the action you are taking to help nature to thrive! Photo: The beautiful blooming heather brightens up a misty day on Exmoor.
It's the start of September and beginning to feel very Autumnal here in the Biosphere. Kids are soon heading back to school but if you are looking for nature related resources for either home school or if you are teacher please head to our school activities page.
Community Orchards : We are now offering small grants towards creating or maintaining community orchards in the North Devon Biosphere. Traditional orchards are in decline across Devon and offer an amazing space for both wildlife and the community. Find out more here.
Our final big butterfly count on Torrington Commons was a great success, thank you to Chrissies for leading the walk and Mandy, the chair of Torrington Commons for joining us. The Commons are a fantastic place for wildlife and a great array of species were spotted.
Devon Wildlife Trust:
3rd September- All about Meadows online talk
17th September - Science and Evidence from the River Otter Beaver Trial-online talk
Braunton Countryside Centre
23rd September- Wildlife Gardening with Kate Bradbury
27th September - Bat walk in Braunton in Bats Meadow and Velator Wetland, important habitats for the rare greater horseshoe bat
We have had some fantastic August pledges come in:
- Mike has pledged to create a wildflower meadow by spreading a round bale of flower rich green hay from Lower Ashmoor farm on to our meadow.
- Russell from Chulmleigh has pledged to plant approximately 1000 trees over 3 acres of their land, 100 meters of new hedging planted on Devon banks as well as planting 1/2 an acre of wildflower mixes for birds,butterflies and bees with plans for more over the coming years. Amazing work!
In Episode 8 we join volunteers from the Exmoor Non-Native Invasive Species Project (ENNIS) who are helping to control the spread of invasive non-native species on Exmoor such as Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam, montbretia, skunk cabbage and signal crayfish.
In Episode 9, we meet Keith Hughes, chair and lead of Weare Giffard Community Orchard. A beautiful site that was created by volunteers approximately 5 years ago, Keith shows us around and gives advice for other communities wishing to create an orchard in their village.
What to look out for in September
September is a fruitful month, look out for berries of elder, hawthorn, sloe and blackberry. Acorns and conkers and wood mice gnawed hazelnuts.
Although this is a time when gardeners traditionally start to clear up, if you want to encourage wildlife, you could adopt a more natural approach. Leaving seedheads, especially on plants such as teasels, thistles and sunflowers, and allowing vegetation to die back naturally, provides food and shelter for birds through the coldest months.
Thanks everyone, have a great August and please keep sharing your amazing pledges for nature using the #pledgefornature or joining the Facebook group.
Help our Hedgehogs
Sep 5, 2020
The much-loved hedgehog needs our help. There has been an estimated decline from three million to one million individuals in Britain since the 1950s. This blog contains simple actions that you can take to make a real difference for hedgehogs. Image from Hedgehog Street.
Weare Giffard Community Orchard
Aug 27, 2020
Simeon Day, chair of Orchards Live spent a sunny afternoon in the shade of apple trees talking to Keith Hughes, Chair of the Weare Giffard Community Orchard learning about people power!
Nature Natters, Episodes 6-10
Aug 13, 2020
Short video sessions where we will be meeting members of the community who are helping nature to thrive in the North Devon Biosphere. We will be finding out what projects they are involved in, what they have done for nature in their patch and asking what makes the North Devon Biosphere special to them. We hope you will feel inspired to help nature in your own area, if you have any suggestions for people you would like to hear more from the please let us know!
Aug 3, 2020
Every month we like to give a summary of everything that has happened with the Pledge for Nature project. We love seeing your pictures and hearing about the actions you are taking to help nature to thrive! Photo: Beautiful wild thyme in flower attracting bees on Braunton Burrows.
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