‘Pledge for Nature’.

Communities help nature across north Devon.

Some positive news in these challenging days, as the Pledge for Nature project gets off to a flying start! Since launching in January, communities across the North Devon Biosphere have pledged to plant over 2,500 trees, install over 40 bird boxes, 30 bug havens and make space for nature in more than 30 gardens!

Some examples of the brilliant pledges include: The Taw Fishing Club has put up six nest boxes for dippers and grey wagtails on the upper Taw near Coldridge, Nymet Rowland and Wembworthy. “Tom” from Dolton has pledged to plant apple, walnut, field maple and alder buckthorn trees to diversify his hedges. “Michelle” from Barnstaple pledged to plant bee-friendly shrubs in her garden.Kitty” from Northlew pledged to plant 6 – 8 trees of local fruit varieties and sourced locally to make an orchard. And the Environment Agency will be creating two wildflower areas at their Alverdiscott depot.

Mike Moser, Chair of the North Devon Biosphere Nature Improvement Group said “This is great news for north Devon’s nature – please encourage your friends, family and colleagues to get involved. Thank you to everyone who has made a pledge so far – from individuals to community groups, and schools to businesses. Let’s make something positive from these difficult times.”

We are now excited to announce the next round of seasonal activities (April to June) for you to get involved in:

Garden for Insects.

Pledge to join the Devon Wildlife Trust’s Action for Insect campaign. Can you reduce pesticide use and make your garden more wildlife friendly? Devon Wildlife Trust will be providing useful tool kits for individuals, communities and primary schools to find out what you can do to help insects.

Create a Wildflower Patch.

Use advice from the Butterfly Conservation Trust and Bumblebee Conservation Trust on how to create a wildflower patch (a seed tray on your window, a patch on your lawn or a meadow on your lane verge or farm).

Care for nature in a space near you.

Choose a lane, layby, local park, beach spot or river section and keep it free of litter. You can also help by keeping an eye out for invasive species.

Family Activity – Learn to identify wildflowers together.

Help start an early appreciation for nature- use our resources to help learn about nature with your children and let us know what you find.

Become a Citizen Scientist – see the list of projects on our website.

Make your pledges on the Pledge for Nature web site. You can still make a pledge even if it’s not an activity on this list by choosing ‘Other’ on the pledge form and tell us what action you have taken for nature.

Please spread the word by sharing pictures of completed pledges using the hashtag #PledgeforNature via:

Twitter: @PledgeforNature

Facebook: Pledge for Nature

Instagram: NorthDevonBiosphere

www.biosphere.org.uk/pledgefornature

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