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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.
No Mow May
Pretty simple this one - put your lawn mower away this May and see your lawn come alive!
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.
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).
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
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!
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.
- 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.