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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.
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! 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.
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).
Nature-related activities, resources and worksheets for teachers. Download our Pledge for Nature leaf template and ask your students to write what action they will take for nature. These leaves could then be tied to a branch in your classroom to make a Pledge Tree!
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.
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. Photo credit: Nick Withers
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. Community Meeting 13th March at the parish hall.
- 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 Chulmleigh Building Community Facebook page.
- Merton and Huish Wildlife Group: Interesting talks, walks and activities related to wildlife and the environment.
- South Molton: Grace for Pollinators: Community group set up to create habitats for pollinators. Find them on social media, Twitter: @Gr_aceProject Facebook: Grace South Molton Instagram: GraceforPollinators
- Winkleigh Environment Group : We meet monthly on the first Tuesday of every month. We are also present at the monthly market on 1st Saturday morning of the month.
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.