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 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
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!
Big Butterfly Count
The Butterfly Conservation Trust need our help recording butterflies in gardens, farms and communities across the UK. Create a pledge to let us know that you have downloaded the app and are getting involved! The Big Butterfly Count 2020 will run from Friday 17 July to Sunday 9 August. Photo credit: Rob Wolton, brown hairstreak butterfly
Help for hedgehogs
Hedgehogs need our help, 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.
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
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.
Big Butterfly Count
Jul 16, 2020
The Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count 2020 runs from 17th July to 9th August. Jenny Plackett from the Butterfly Conservation Trust talks about the butterflies that she has been spotting close to home and results of previous years' surveys. To find out more and to get involved in the Big Butterfly Count (one of our July-September Pledge for Nature activities) please visit the Knowledge Base. Photo Common Blue on Tarka Trail
To Our Biosphere
Make Space for Nature
More Community Action
Protect North Devon's Future