Our nature reserves

Marsland nature reserveMarsland nature reserve by Dave Chamberlain

Without the work of Devon Wildlife Trust the future of many of the county's nature reserves would be threatened.

Special landscapes such as heaths and Culm grasslands need a high level of management just to stay as they are. Without management they would be lost, their characters would change and many would become impenetrable to people.

It takes a good deal of effort to keep DWT’s 50 reserves up to the mark as places rich in wildlife and welcoming to people. The task of managing over 1,300 hectares of Devon falls to DWT’s team of Nature Reserves Officers, helped by many volunteers.

Emsworthy nature reserve by Simon WilliamsTheirs is a varied workplace. DWT’s nature reserves reflect the variety of the Devon landscape; from river valleys and wet woodland, to rocky seashore and moorland. Each of these terrains requires a different set of management skills.

Much of the work is unobtrusive. Walk through a DWT nature reserve and beyond obvious signs such as gates, boardwalks and nestboxes there may be few clues to the effort that has gone into making it a wildlife haven. But the fact that the nature reserve is there at all and that it is fulfilling its important role as a haven for wildlife and people, is only possible because of hard work.

To find out more about our stunning reserves, go to Visit Us.
 

Help us manage

Managing nature reserves accounts for the largest slice of Devon Wildlife Trust’s annual expenditure. In 2014-15 alone DWT spent £1.8 million on nature reserves and land management.
You can help by becoming a member, making a donation, or leaving a gift in your Will.