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50% decline of hedgehogs in our countryside
41% of insects threatened with extinction
80% of UK peatlands damaged
92% of seagrass beds lost around the UK

The Devon we love is in trouble

We have lost incredible amounts of our wildlife. Species which once thrived in Devon have gone; many others which were commonplace are now rare. Abundance in nature – its ‘everywhere and all the time’ presence - has disappeared from our lives. The rate of this loss is accelerating, and its consequences are now affecting us in profound ways. Nature’s loss adversely impacts our economy, our food and water, our health and our state of mind. Biodiversity – the web of life which supports our existence – is beginning to unravel.

Bringing wildlife back across Devon’s landscapes, rivers and seas

Loss is not inevitable. Devon Wildlife Trust’s mission to bring wildlife back stems from a need for urgent change. Conservation – holding on to the fragmented wildlife and wild places that remain – is no longer good enough. It is time to put nature into recovery. We need to restore what has been lost and we need do this on a grand scale. This means being bold: restoring degraded landscapes and seas, recreating wildlife habitat, reintroducing key species that have become locally extinct and properly protecting what we still have.

Nature’s recovery in Devon is not something we can achieve alone. It needs the support of individuals, communities, businesses and schools.

Help us bring change and become part of a Devon rich in wildlife

The Wildlife Trusts are calling for at least 30% of our land and sea to be connected and protected for nature’s recovery by 2030. Making more space for nature to become abundant once again will give our struggling wildlife the chance to recover and also restore beautiful wild places - places that store carbon and help to tackle the climate crisis.

30% is the bare minimum that nature needs to start recovering but we are far short of this and need your help to turn things around...
Craig Bennett
Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts

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We can do this together

By joining our mission for nature's recovery, you will make a real difference to wildlife and our natural world. Every pound donated will help us move closer to our vision for a Devon where wildlife is no longer confined to small, isolated pockets. Instead, a nature-rich network, extends its tendrils into every corner of our landscape and our seas. With your support, our cities and towns will be greener and our rivers cleaner. People everywhere will have the chance to experience nature in schools, gardens, parks and the wider countryside.  We won't get there this year or next but we must start now.  Everyone can support and help us to succeed. 

Nature has given us so much, it's now our turn to give back.  


Avon Valley - Connecting precious wildlife habitat

The picturesque Avon Valley supports less wildlife than it did in the past, largely because of changes in the way farmland and woodland is managed. The Avon Valley project aims to restore and re-connect precious wildlife habitat.

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Caen Wetlands - Tackling Climate Change and Restoring Nature

Our aim is to restore a large wetland landscape which will help alleviate local flood risk, offer eco-tourism opportunities, create new habitat for wildlife and capture huge amounts of climate-changing carbon.

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Photo credit, S Hussey

Upstream Thinking - Protecting our rivers

Working with farmers and landowners to address sources of pollution on farms, with the aim of using natural solutions to protect water quality and quantity, and restore wildlife habitats.

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The Rivers Exe, near Winsford (Spawning Valley). Showing river correctly fenced to stop cattle from polluting the river, or eroding the river banks. Healthy example of river habitat. Exmoor National Park, Somerset, UK. May 2012. - Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Bringing back Beavers - Introducing keystone species into the wild

Our work is paving the way for these amazing creatures to live in the wild once again. These natural engineers are transforming our rivers and wetlands for the better as well as storing climate-changing carbon helping to alleviate flooding. 

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Male beaver on River Otter, photo David White

Northern Devon NIA - Restoring nationally important landscapes

Our work as part of the North Devon Nature Improvement Programme aims to restore and re-create a wildlife-rich landscape across the internationally important river Torridge catchment, and to develop stronger links between the environment, economy and local communities.

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Meshaw wildflowers. Photo, David Chamberlain

Our Nature Reserves - Protecting Devon's wild landscapes and wildlife

From river valleys and wet woodland, to rocky seashore and moorland. Our nature reserves cover over 1900 hectares of Devon's amazing landscapes and provide havens for our rare and threatened species.

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Photo credit, Dave Chamberlain