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Defend Nature: take action to protect Europe's laws for nature


Across Europe, including here in Devon, vital laws protect our most precious wildlife and wild places. It's not just wildlife that depend on them - we do too, for cleaner rivers, vital habitat for pollinating insects and natural places we can enjoy and spend time in. Without these laws our world would be a poorer place.

Right now the European Commission (EC) is reviewing these laws - the 'Nature Directives' - and asking people to give their opinion on them. So it's vital that as many of us as possible say that we feel strongly about this and don't want to see these laws weakened.

To take action and make your voice heard, visit

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.

Help secure Bystock Pools' future

After 39 years as a Devon Wildlife Trust nature reserve, landowner South West Water has decided to sell Bystock Pools. After working together, DWT has secured the future of the site as a nature reserve by paying a deposit to buy the land.

South West Water have generously given DWT a full year to raise the funds to meet the purchase price. After generous gifts totalling £100,000 we now need to raise a further £45,000 to buy this wonderful wildlife site.

Find out how you can help here or make a donation here (select Beautiful Bystock from the list)


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.

Make a difference, make a donation

Find out how to make a world of difference for local wildlife here

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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