Wildlife in the South Hams AONB is under extreme threat from Climate Change and loss of habitat. Without our concerted efforts to rebuild habitats in our gardens, farmlands, riverbanks and seashore - some species are tottering on the brink of extinction.
Local action to monitor, rebuild and conserve our wildlife is of great importance and very rewarding. Nature wants to live, and will live, if we give it a chance.
WILD ABOUT BIGBURY
Join in with the people who are 'Wild About Bigbury'. Enjoy discovering about our local wildlife and rising to the challenge of designing wildlife corridors, restoring habitats and safeguarding nature in Bigbury. Share your love of nature by celebrating our natural bounty in music, words and art in our Bigbury Wild Art Shows every summer.
BIGBURY BIOBLITZ 2023
The Wild About Bigbury team will be organising the Bigbury BioBlitz in 2023 to identify and record the wild flora and fauna in our parish. It will be a fun family event and a chance to learn more about the wildlife which surrounds us and how to help protect it.
WILDLIFE FRIENDLY GARDEN PLAQUE
A wildlife friendly garden is a rich tapestry of nature on your doorstep - pollinators, birds, insects, wild blossom, hedgehogs and small mammals. The Devon Wildlife Trust's Wilder Communities programme has lots of tips on wildlife friendly gardens. Make your own wildlife haven and apply for the DWT Garden Plaque.
AVON VALLEY PROJECT
The Devon Wildlife Trust's Avon Valley Project is lead by Lynne Kenderdine who is working with landowners and farmers to create more species-rich meadows, replace fences with hedgerows, plant more trees and adopt management practices which prevent pollution of the river. View a talk about their work.
WESTCOUNTRY RIVERS TRUST
You can join the Citizen Scientists being trained by the WestCountry Rivers Trust to monitor, record and reveal the truth about the appalling sewage pollution of our rivers in South Hams. The Surfers Against Sewage campaign is a way of making your voice heard above the platitudes of the Environment Agency and South West Water.
LIFE ON THE EDGE
The South Hams coast is one of the last remaining habitats in the UK for rare species of insects. The South Devon AONB project, Life on the Edge, programme aims to rebuild habitats for these endangered species. Find out what you can do to help.
AVON ESTUARY FORUM
The Avon Estuary Forum was formed by the South Devon AONB and consists of experts from a range of organisations such as Devon WildlIfe Trust, the Bantham Estate, SHDC, Anglers, Environment Agency. The AEF aims to safeguard our river.
HABITAT GROUP BOOKLET
Wildlife enthusiasts in other parishes in South Hams contributed to the Gardening for Wildlife booklet which is being shared widely. Bigbury News printed and distributed a free copy to every household in the parish. The booklet is free to Members of Bigbury Net Zero. Join BNZ.