Wild Play in Underway

Underway Meade is a local community and wildlife site based in Combe St Nicholas. The site provides habitats for wildlife and a space for residents of all ages to enjoy, with picnic benches, a bug hotel, and a fenced area for families with young children. Underway Mead volunteers have been working to make the site more attractive […]

River Otter Beaver Project

In August 2020, following the completion of River Otter Beaver Trial, England’s first wild breeding population of beavers for 400 years was given the permanent right to remain. Devon Wildlife Trust continued their work to raise public awareness through volunteering, training, information materials and web pages. They also installed cameras to record fascinating footage of […]

Old Woods, New Growth

Neroche Woodlanders have been working towards being able to grow their own broadleaved saplings to restock the woodland at Young Wood. They established a small tree nursery and kitchen garden so that volunteers and participants from disadvantaged groups can be closely involved in all stages of growing. This involved clearing a site, creating a planting […]

Enhancing Dommett Wood for Dormice

Somerset Wildlife Trust carried out work to improve its Dommett Wood nature reserve for dormice. This involved thinning the woodland and removing non-native species to encourage a more diverse understorey of native species to develop – the most important habitat type for dormice. The work quickly paid off, with three dormice being spotted while improvements […]

Outdoor learning shelter for Upottery Primary School

A project to create an outdoor learning shelter, enabling school children to have a direct link between their learning and the natural environment.

Willtown Turbary Restoration

A project to provide better habitat for wildlife and improve access for the local community.

Wildlife garden at Blackdown Healthy Living and Activity Centre

The Blackdown Healthy Living and Activity Centre supports the wellbeing and health of the local community, particularly isolated and elderly individuals. It is an important local amenity. With help and funding from Blackdown Hills Natural Futures project and Blackdown Hills AONB’s Sustainable Development Fund, the Centre has created a wildlife garden – a peaceful and accessible setting for visitors to get outdoors and enjoy nature.

Buckland St Mary School wildlife garden

This rural primary school is constructing a brand new environmental educational garden. A small pond and wildlife area at the school had fallen into disrepair and was inaccessible. The main goal for this project is to transform the neglected area into an innovative and abundant wildlife garden.

Swains Lane nature reserve

Swains Lane, a popular local nature reserve, near Wellington, has been given a new lease of life thanks to the hard work of local people and support from Blackdown Hills AONB.

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