Devon Wildlife Conference

Devon Community Action for Wildlife Conference

Come along and be inspired to be ambitious for wildlife!

Saturday 6th July, Jubilee Hall, Chagford, 9.30am-4pm

2019 is the UK’s Year of Green Action and is all about connecting people with nature and us all taking much needed positive action for our environment.  To help inspire and enthuse action our conference this year is focusing on how community groups can help with nature’s recovery across Devon. The day will include a mixture of talks, workshops/ discussion groups, site visits and id training based in and around the centre of beautiful Chagford.  HUGE thanks to all those involved and to South West Water for sponsoring the event.

We are finalising the agenda in the next few weeks but the following are confirmed (will be a mix of short talks, displays, workshops / discussion groups, site visits etc):

Through the eyes of birds – what we can learn by seeing the world from above – Sacha Dench, ‘The Human Swan’ – Sacha will draw on tales from her groundbreaking ‘Flight of the Swans’ expedition and other adventures to inspire us all to be more ambitious for nature.  Find out more about her flight from Arctic Russia to the UK by paramotor to help save the Bewick’s swan at

Devon Living Churchyards Project – David Curry, Volunteer Project Manager

Chagford Churchyard – walk and discussion with Nick Allison, local resident and Head Gardener at Saltram

Surveying hedges – walk and talk with Rob Wolton (Chair of the Devon Hedgegroup) and Megan Gimber (PTES)

Wild Exmouth – talk / discussion with volunteers and Debs Rylands (lead for East Devon District Council) and Programme Coordinator for Wild Ideas

Health and nature  Discussion and walk with Dr Lucy Loveday, Devon GP and Emma Cunis, Dartmoor’s Daughter

Gardens, habitats and beauty – Nick Allison, Head Gardener at Saltram

Saving our Seas – Torbay Cleaner Coast Initiative & Save our Seagrass – Tracy Hamston & Clare Rugg, Wild Planet Trust + Warwick Saunders and Georgie Bull, Project volunteers

Moor Meadows – Meadow Creation and Management – Audrey Compton, Meadow Maker and Teign Valley Farmer

Bat Friendly Communities – how can you get there?  Cath Valentine, Bovey Tracey Bat Project and Ruth Testa, Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project, Devon Wildlife Trust

Managing Road Verges for Wildlife and People – Tom Hynes, volunteer with the North Devon Life on the Verge Project & Trustee of the Tarka Country Trust and Tom Whitlock, Ecologist, Devon County Council

Community Engagement through the Arts – Caroline Preston, Arts Education Leader

How to help our butterflies –  Simon Phelps, Butterfly Conservation

How can communities be better supported to help wildlife?  Discussion with Phil Collins and Paul Buckley

Wildlife records – support for community projects / Neighbourhood Plans  – talk / discussion with Marcus Windle, Devon Biodiversity Records Centre

How to help monitor Devon’s rivers – demo in a nearby stream (tbc) and aquatic invert id with Simon Browning, West Country Rivers Trust

Life on the Yealm Community Project – Dr John Green

Chudleigh Wild – display

Langaford Farm – display, Peter Beale

Devon Wildlife Trust – display

Devon Branch of Butterfly Conservation and Devon Moth Group – stand and moth identification

Devon Dragonfly Group – Dave Smallshire
To book a free place or book display space please email