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The knowledge base will help to provide you with information to complete your pledge or take an action for nature. We have included many links to conservation organisations across Devon who are already hard at work and are a great source of inspiration, guidance and related events.
Make a Nature Plan
A nature recovery plan should set out a medium-term plan for the creation of more nature rich habitats in our towns, villages, cities and the surrounding countryside. We suggest that each plan covers an initial five or ten-year period, although many of the projects that communities will want to start, such as planting oak trees for example, will take much longer to come to maturity.
Install a bird box
Nestboxes are best put up during the autumn. Many birds will enter nestboxes during the autumn and winter, looking for a suitable place to roost or perhaps to feed. They often use the same boxes for nesting the following spring. 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.
Big Butterfly Count
Butterfly Conservation 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 2022 will run from Friday 15th July to Sunday 7th August. Photo credit: Rob Wolton, brown hairstreak butterfly
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). Cover photo credit: Gaia Trust.
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
Sign Nature Recovery Declaration
In Summer 2021, the Biosphere launched an ambitious new Nature Recovery Plan as part of our contribution to tackling the ecological emergency here in northern Devon, aligning with the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and the Prime Minister’s pledge for 30% of the UK land to be protected by 2030. The plan include five action plans which details the priorities for the key land types in the Biosphere. Please sign the Nature Recovery Declaration by completing the form below to pledge your support for nature’s recovery in northern Devon. Cover Image: David Chamberlain
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.
Save Your Soil
Soil is a combination of minerals, organic, matter, air, water and living organisms (Soil Association). However, our soils are degrading at an alarming rate and we need to preserve it to sustain life. As the wet winter weather comes in it's good to consider that well drained and well structured soils allow water to enter more quickly and therefore reduce the risk of run-off and erosion. Image: Soils leaving the UK Satellite Image
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).
There are already some fantastic groups set up by communities in response to the climate and ecological emergency. Please let us know if you are aware of any other groups in your area.
- Regen Braunton : Thinking globally and acting locally, we are meeting monthly to initiate and grow regenerative projects for the villages of Braunton and Knowle and the surrounding area.
- Barnstaple & District DWT Local Group, Uppacott team
- Sustainable Chulmleigh : We are a group of residents in and around Chulmleigh who care deeply about the environment in which we live and want to ensure its future for generations to come.
- Hatherleigh Environmental Forum : A new group set up, find them through the Hatherleigh Building Community Facebook page
- Merton and Huish Wildlife Group: Interesting talks, walks and activities related to wildlife and the environment.
- Winkleigh Environment group: A facebook group that exists to promote activities to combat climate change and biodiversity loss.
- Winkleigh Biodivesity Group : Winkleigh Community Action is a page to promote improvements to aspects of community life which are important to residents of this area. Its focus is on the natural environment and its benefits for local people
- Ashreigney and Riddlecombe Nature Recovery Group :This group meets at a variety of locations to explore their surrounding natural environment.
- Landkey Hedgehog Group: The group meet monthly. The group is committed to inform, support and create habitat for hedgehogs throughout the village.
What is a seasonal pledge?
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 by consulting with our conservation partners and local experts to decide on the key actions that will help nature to recover. The current seasonal activities are at the top of this Knowledge Base page.
How do I show my pledge has been completed?
Join our Pledge for Nature Facebook group or post your photos on Twitter or Instagram and tag #pledgefornature to share your photos of your completed pledges!
We'd love to see what you have been up to and if you can encourage your friends and family to pledge as well that's great!
Can I pledge to do a different season's activities?
Yes if you are pledging to complete an action for nature that isn't on the current pledge form please just select the 'other' option and fill in the description to let us know what pledge you are making.