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An active COMMUNITY
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.
Our aims to MAKE NORTHERN devon
a better place for nature
Make Space for NAture
More Community Action
Protect for the future
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.
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
April to june 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 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).
Care for a space
Care for a space near you: Choose a lane, layby, beach spot, local park or river section and keep it free of litter. You can also help by keeping an eye out for invasive species and send your records to Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.
Nature ID challenge
Learn to identify wildflowers as a family or as an after school project. Help start an early appreciation for nature - use these resources to help learn about nature with your kids and let us know what you find.
Garden for insects
Pledge here to join the Devon Wildlife Trust’s Action for Insect campaign. Can you reduce pesticide use and make your garden more wildlife friendly? Devon Wildlife Trust will be providing useful tool kits for individuals, communities and primary schools to find out what you can do to help insects.
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
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).
What will you do?
5 steps to make all the difference
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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!
Help your local Biosphere
Make Devon a better place to live
Our Latest Stories
Pledge for nature off to a flying start
Mar 31, 2020
Positive news for Nature! Thank you to everyone who has made a pledge so far; from individuals to community groups, from schools to businesses we appreciate every pledge. Here's a summary of the pledges that were made during January-March.
Nature at home
Mar 25, 2020
We hope this compilation of resources, websites and activities that you can do from home and in your garden may be useful at this time. Please let us know if you have other suggestions.
To Our Biosphere
Make Space for Nature
More Community Action
Protect North Devon's Future