Barnstaple & District Local Group

Barnstaple & District Local Group

Barnstaple & District local group in Hakeford Woods

We hold indoor and outdoor events throughout the year!

From September to April we meet once a month in Barnstaple's Castle Centre for talks given by speakers on a range of conservation issues.

For further information on our events, please check the Devon Wildlife Trust Events page here.

An ambitious programme 

Our ambitious outdoor programme of wildlife experiences allow the group to enjoy nature first hand.  These almost always include a walk of some kind: a mix of easy as well as more strenuous routes, from flat stretches of old railway track, to the moors and valleys of Exmoor, to the challenges of Culm grassland, to the cliffs of Hartland. 

New members are always welcome to any of our events!

Green-veined white butterfly at Woods Farm

Green-veined white

Nature reserves

Uppacott Wood - We hold winter work parties at this lovely reserve just a couple of miles outside Barnstaple, undertaking activities such as coppicing and making clearings to encourage spring flowers and summer butterflies. In the summer we introduce people to the wood with guided walks. Some local group members are voluntary wardens here too.

We undertake activities and warden voluntarily on other local nature reserves:  e.g. Swanpool Marsh in Braunton. 



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Further information

  • Children are welcome at all of our events, though we don't organise activities specifically for children

  • For contacts about indoor events see details for specific talks

  • Contact Paul Madgett for information on the outdoor events programme, and North Devon conservation work party information (

See all of Barnstaple & District Local Group's events

Looking for other volunteer opportunities?

From practical conservation tasks, like cutting back bracken and hedge-laying, to answering queries on our wildlife help-desk and engaging with the public at our events - we have lots of different volunteer opportunities just waiting for you to get involved in. 

View our latest volunteering opportunities