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NATURE
Be part of the community helping
nature to thrive in northern Devon.

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HELPING nature TO THRIVE

What is a Pledge for Nature?

It’s Time to Act! Pledge for Nature is a new campaign to galvanise community action for nature’s recovery across the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere.

Our wildlife has been in decline for decades, with iconic species like breeding cuckoos, lapwings and curlews disappearing from North Devon, insects and wildflowers from our meadows and salmon from our rivers. Immediate action is needed to help North Devon’s nature to flourish again in our farmland, woods, gardens, rivers and open spaces.

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Our aims to MAKE NORTHERN devon
a better place for nature

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Over the coming years, with the help of our conservation partners, we will be promoting seasonal activities to tackle the most pressing problems. We need your help to make it happen! So we are inviting individuals, community groups, schools, businesses and particularly farmers to pledge to tackle priority issues for nature’s recovery.

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Become a nature champion

Please choose 1 or more activities from below and help save nature.
We call this, “Creating a Pledge for Nature”.

The more people who join the movement, the more pledges we can gather and the bigger the difference we can make together. Why not become a Nature Champion today?

This season’s activities

July to September 2020

Each season we will announce new calls-to-action that are aimed at tackling North Devon’s nature priorities. These seasonal activities have been decided in consultation with our conservation partners and local experts and are key actions that will help nature to recover. The current seasonal activities are below, please click on each image to find out more!

Create a wildlife pond

Create a wildlife pond

Big or small; creating a pond in your garden or farm is a great way of inviting wildlife including amphibians, birds and insects to your patch! Photo credit: Nick Withers

Give your hedge a few inches

Give your hedge a few inches

Leave a stretch of hedge, however long or small, uncut for a year or two, and be rewarded by more flowers and berries for pollinators and birds. Or, if you are a farmer or contractor, simply raise the height of your flail by 10-15cm for the same effect. Wildlife will thank you and the hedge will remain thick, bushy and manageable. Try it and see!

Help for hedgehogs

Help for hedgehogs

Hedgehogs need our help! There are 3 things that you can do to help hedgehogs in your area: Survey, Take Action and Become a Hedgehog Champion! Can you pledge to create a hedgehog friendly area in your garden or farm by creating a log pile or compost heap, or making a hedgehog home or highway.

Citizen Science

Citizen Science

Take part in research and recording of wildlife and habitats to help to increase our scientific knowledge. You can usually record sightings on an organisation's website or increasingly through specialised apps for your phone.

Volunteer for a local event

Volunteer for a local event

As well as events run by Pledge for Nature, we also encourage you to create your pledge today detailing the local volunteering event you have joined (or possibly created).

Other activity

Other activity

To help nature’s recovery, you are welcome to pledge other activities - they do not need to be seasonal although together with our partners, we encourage you to consider those first for maximum impact.

Community Orchard

Community Orchard

The North Devon Biosphere in partnership with Orchards Live and financially supported by the Devon County Council locality grants scheme and the National Lottery Heritage Fund (as part of the Pledge for Nature project) are offering small grants towards the creation and management of community orchards. Traditional orchards are in decline across Devon and are recognised for their important biodiversity and community value.

Create a wildflower patch

Create a wildflower patch

Use the advice to create a wildflower patch (a seed tray on your window, a patch on your lawn or a meadow on your lane verge or farm).

Plant a native tree

Plant a native tree

Trees are vital for life on earth, harbour a high amount of wildlife, and can make a real difference in solving the Climate Emergency.

Create a bug haven

Create a bug haven

Insects pollinate three quarters of our food crops, as well as being the main food source for many birds, small mammals and fish. And yet, 41% of insects face extinction, let’s help them out!

Install a bird box

Install a bird box

Putting up a bird box on your house or in your garden or on your farm can help many bird species due to lack of natural nesting sites. Special designs will help birds like swifts which have undergone huge declines in the last 20 years. Causes of decline include lack of insect food and nest site loss.

Let a corner go wild

Let a corner go wild

A wild patch in your garden, farm or business area can be crucial for wildlife. A bramble patch may have a blackbird or wren nesting. A pile of logs or stones could provide a refuge for slow worms or lizards. Having a wild patch can give creatures a place to relax without human disturbance.

What will you do?

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how pledges work

5 steps to make all the difference

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Choose your Activity

To start creating your pledge today, start by choosing an activity from the options above that suits your nature interests. You can create multiple pledges today but one-at-a-time by using the form.

2

Create a Pledge

Once you have decided what activity you would like to do, simply fill in the simple form on the Create a Pledge page. The more data you supply, the more good we can do. It takes < 1 minute to complete.

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We will Review your Pledge

Once you have created your pledge and submitted the online form, our keen team will review your pledge and approve it within 48 hours so please bear with us.

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View your Pledge on our Map

Once approved, your pledge will appear as a pin on our Pledge Map. If you have submitted multiple pledges, you will see multiple pledge pins on the map (nice work!).

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Complete+Share your Pledge

Naturally, we would like as many people as possible to join the movement to Pledge for Nature. You can help by sharing your individual Pledge Page to your social media channels & encourage others to do the same. Thank you!

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"The global Climate and Ecological Emergency may seem daunting but by acting together as a community, we can make a real difference!"

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Help our Hedgehogs

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.

August/September 2020

August/September 2020

Sep 1, 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 action you are taking to help nature to thrive! Photo: The beautiful blooming heather brightens up a misty day on Exmoor.

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