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Devon Wildlife Trust

Nature: This general election's missing issue?


The Wildlife Trusts and the National Trust are uniting to put nature on the agenda. We're calling on people across the West Country to put nature at the heart of debate in the run up to May's General Election and encourage candidates to support nature.

Find out what you can do here

Beavers are back with clean bill of health!

England’s only breeding population of wild beavers have been returned to their home on the River Otter!


The re-release took place on the evening of Monday 23 March. The beavers had been temporarily removed from the river in late February for disease testing.

Having gained a clean bill of health the beavers are now back on the river, a move which signals the start of a five year project in which the animals will be monitored for their impacts on local communities, landscape and wildlife.

This is a key moment in the history of modern conservation and has come after months of hard work trying to secure a long term future for the animals.

Learn more about the announcement here.

You can help – we now face the task of funding the River Otter Beaver Project. An initial call for donations led to £45,000 being raised in just two months. However the cost of the five year monitoring project is estimated to run well above this figure. Find out how you can help here.

Learn more about Devon's wild beavers here.

Donate here.

Bystock Pools nature reserve update

In mid-February South West Water announced that Bystock Pools nature reserve would be auctioned off. Following an anxious few weeks we are delighted to say that Bystock Pools has now been secured by DWT.

Contracts were exchanged with South West Water just before the end of March. We now have until the end of March 2016 to raise the balance of the funds. We will be holding a local appeal to help achieve this in the near future.

Keep an eye out for further information and how you can help in the coming weeks.


Marine Conservation Zones

The Government is currently consulting on the designation of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones around England and Wales - to help protect and recover wildlife at sea. Two of the proposed sites are on Devon's coast.

Find out more about how you can urge Defra to designate these vital sites and create a network of marine protected areas.


What's your wild life?

We believe that all our lives are better when they're a bit wild.

We want to show how much nature matters to all our lives. Tell us what wildlife and wild places mean to you, read the stories, or share your wild life with us #MyWildLife.

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Wildlife in Devon

Want to know more about wildlife in your area? Found an animal but don't know what it is? Find out more about a species its habitat or a DWT nature reserve using our wildlife finder!

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