We urge you to go Wild this Christmas and New Year!

Thursday 21st December 2017

New Year is the time to go 'wild' on our reserves

Devon Wildlife Trust is urging people to ‘go wild this New Year! But this isn’t the usual excuse for over indulgence.

The charity is Devon Wildlife Trust and this year it is encouraging people to get outdoors and use the peace and wild beauty of its 50 nature reserves as a way of clearing their heads during the busy social season.

Classic winter walks

The charity’s Steve Hussey said:
“Our nature reserves offer so many classic winter walks. In North Devon there’s the dramatic high cliffs of our Marsland reserve, close to Hartland, or the vast lakes and big skies of Meeth Quarry reserve near Hatherleigh. Close to Plymouth people can escape to the tranquillity of our Warleigh Point reserve, at Tamerton Foliot. In South Devon wildlife watchers should head for the bird hide at South Efford Marsh reserve overlooking the River Avon, or walk the paths of Andrew’s Wood near Loddiswell.”

Steve continued:
“My family live in Exeter, so we’ll be taking trips to the beautiful heathland reserve at Bystock Pools, near Exmouth, and climbing the new track we’ve recently opened at Dunsford reserve to enjoy great views along the Teign Valley.”

The place to start

The Trust’s website www.devonwildlifetrust.org is the place to start planning a New Year walk. The charity has put together four ‘wild walks’ involving its Dunsdon, Bystock, Exe valley and Bovey Heathfield nature reserves. The wild walks have their own download map and directions available at Devon Wildlife Trust’s website.

Steve Hussey said:
“The wild walks are longer walks, typically of five or more miles taking in some of Devon’s best countryside. They may be too challenging for some people, but we’d hope that everyone could get out and enjoying the peace and wildness offered by our 50 reserves.”

Wildlife comes to you

And if you can’t get out in the great outdoors this festive period, then the Trust’s message is make sure you get nature to visit you. Your garden’s birds will welcome the opportunity for an energy boost provided by some of your Christmas leftovers – a bit of crumbled Christmas cake, some bacon fat, an end of cheese left on the bird table will be much appreciated.

Steve continued:
“In return for feeding them garden birds will put on a Christmas show the likes of which you won’t get from repeats on the telly. Putting just half an hour aside to watch their comings and goings can re-connect you with the wild world outside your kitchen window. Seeing who arrives, watching their behaviour, their squabbles, the jostling for food, the different table manners and eating techniques - it can be just like what goes on around many human festive dinner tables, but without the emotional baggage!”

Begin to plan your wild escape this New Year.

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