Exeter Local Group

Exeter Local Group

Join us to learn about Exeter's wild side

We hold activities, talks, walks and practical conservation tasks within the city boundary and beyond

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 Recent events have included peregrine falcon watching, exploring the Exeter Green circle, a bumblebee identification workshop, and a guided walk learning about the River Exe flood prevention scheme.

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Exeter Local Group focuses on making connections between local communities and wildlife. We often hold joint events with other local organisations such as Devon Bat Group: Exeter section and Devon Mammal Group, as well as get involved with projects such as Exeter Wild City.

Family walking at Mincinglake Valley Park

Mincinglake Valley Park. Photo, Matt Austin

Nature reserves

The Old Sludge Beds is the only accessible DWT reserve within the city boundary. We take part in practical conservation tasks, wildlife projects and other events at the site.

However, Exeter is fortunate to have a variety of green areas.  Exeter City Council looks after a network of wildlife-rich Valley Parks, and Cricklepit Mill garden at DWT headquarters is a great example of how you can encourage biodiversity in an urban area.

We regularly undertake habitat creation and enhancement within these areas.

Further information

  • For enquiries and event booking email Local Group Leader Stephen at exeterlg@devonwildlifetrust.org
  • Tweet us your photos and follow us on Twitter for all the latest updates on Exeter and urban nature!
  • Our blog Exeter Wild Things reports on past Exeter Local Group events as well as occasional Exeter wildlife observations
  • The Exeter Local Group committee meets informally once or twice a year to plan future events and projects - please get in contact if you would like to help!

For up-to-date information on all local group events, please visit the Devon Wildlife Trust What's On webpage.

See all of Exeter 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