As native species continue to decline and their habitats disappear, we all need to do more to ensure nature has a future.
As part of our commitment to do more, we are expanding our conservation work with the ambitious aim of protecting 8 special species – our elusive 8 – and bringing benefits to many more. Whether a bat, butterfly, or tree each species has been chosen for its connection with East Devon and its status as one of our most threatened species.
Our ‘elusive 8’
We need volunteers to help us explore East Devon’s historic hedgerows to survey blackthorn for the beautiful eggs of the Brown Hairstreak butterfly. Keen eyes and patience are needed for this rewarding conservation work, but no experience is necessary as full training...
The Heath Lobelia, Lobelia urens, an incredibly rare wildflower, was actually first discovered growing in the UK, here in this area in the 1770s. It was discovered by William Newbery, a herbalist from Heathstock. Belonging to the Campanulaceae family, the Heath...
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