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Exeter Wild City

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What is it?

Exeter Wild City is a partnership between Devon Wildlife Trust and Exeter City Council. We aim to:

  • Make Exeter a national beacon for urban wildlife
  • Enhance and protect the wildlife value of green space in the city
  • Maximise the social and economic benefits of being a “wildlife city”
  • Ensure that the growth of Exeter respects the underlying ecological systems on which the life of the city and the region depend

    Ludwell_Valley_ParkWhy do we need it?

    Exeter is striking proof that cities can be the homes to abundant wildlife. But, as everywhere, wildlife is under threat.  The city now has a human population of 120,000 – and it’s growing.  We want to ensure that Exeter‘s future development will protect its wildlife and gives it space to thrive.  

    Contact with nature and wildlife is important for people. The project will improve the quality of life for people in Exeter.

    Who else are we working with?

    We have links with a growing list of public, statutory, voluntary and community organisations including almost every school in the City.  

    What are we working on?

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    EWC has developed a five-year work programme, some parts of which are already underway.  These include:

    1. Exeter Swift Project

      A project that saw a city wide survey of one of our most exciting birds and provided over 150 new nest-sites.  DWT collaborated with Exeter City Council and the RSPB. Find out more.
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      Biodiversity mapping 

      Devon Biodiversity Records Centre have created a Biodiversity Reference Map for the Exeter Wild City Project. The map identifies where the city’s most important wildlife habitats are as well as other areas of green space that may hold some wildlife value and form a biodiversity network through the city. The map is designed for anyone that has an interest in the future ecological health of the city including city planners and land management staff. 

    3. Join the wildlife gardening revolution

      There’s huge potential for Exeter’s gardens to become mini-wildlife reserves, stretching across the city to create vital links and steppingWildlife_garden__Catherine_Burgess stones for wildlife.  Our Wildlife gardening section provides information and tips.
    4. The Exe corridor enhancement

      River corridors provide important habitat and ‘highways’ for wildlife.  Exeter City Council, Environment Agency and DWT have developed a suite of initiatives to EWC_map_Courtesy_of_Googlemake the most of Exeter’s prime wildlife corridor and its most popular amenity area.
    5. Natural learning

      DWT’s education team is working in Exeter to stimulate young people to better understand the value of biodiversity and to help make their schools more sustainable. Visit our education section for more information.

    6. Big Tree Plant BTP_banner_Devonshire_Place

      Exeter Wild City has received funding from Defra to plant over 3,000 trees around Exeter between 2012-15.  This will be done in collaboration with schools, residents associations and communities across the city.  Find out more.

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    7. Plant Your Park

      Funding from The Big Lottery Fund will help Exeter Wild City to work with schools and community groups in 2013 to plant over 4 hectares of wildflower meadow around the city.  Find out more.

        Get Involved!

        Why not get involved and join our Facebook group today and help build the My Patch community!

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