Beavers need your help
On Wed 28 January Natural England granted Devon Wildlife Trust a five year licence to monitor the beavers on the River Otter. This is great news but the hard work starts here!
Your support can help to get the River Otter Beaver Project started.
APPEAL UPDATE: £48,227 (including Gift Aid) raised by 26 February - more than 85% of the way to our target, thank you!
Beavers are amazing mammals. They were part of our countryside for
millennia until they were finally hunted to extinction in the UK by man.
Exeter Wildlife Champions Network
As part of the Exeter Wild City project schools in the city have formed the Exeter Wildlife Champions Network. Find out more about this inspiring and innovative approach to learning.
Do you work for a business in Exeter that might want to become a Corporate Supporter and help this project? Why not get in touch today?
Exeter Wild City
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
Why 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 Met Office and University of Exeter. We work with almost every school in the city and are keen to support community associations. Please contact Devon Wildlife Trust if you are associated with a group who would like advice or support in your environmental ventures.
What are we working on?
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.
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.
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 stepping stones for wildlife. Our Wildlife gardening section provides information and tips.
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.
Big Tree Plant
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.
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.
Keeping the common, common
An opportunity to link schools with local parks whilst ensuring that our common flowers, such as primroses and snowdrops, remain common. Find out more.
Why not get involved and join our Facebook group today and help build the My Patch community!
View panoramic photos of Exeter from the top of the Exeter Cathedral and the John Lewis building here.