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New trail helps children to notice nature at Cotehele

Authored by Mary

A new outdoor trail at Cotehele, the National Trust property near Saltash in Cornwall, encourages children to notice nature by looking and listening for the different birds found on the estate.

The trail, Bird Bingo, identifies nine birds commonly sighted at Cotehele for children to seek and is filled with interesting facts about the birds and ways children can care for and encourage...

New partnership for local woodland

Authored by Mary

Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve is now being managed by East Devon District Council’s Countryside Team in partnership with Axe Vale & District Conservation Society (AVDCS), following the dissolution of the long-standing Holyford Woodland Trust.

Holyford Woodland Trust (HWT) was formed in 2001 when South West Water put the wooded valley up for sale and the cost of purchase to...

Trees in Trust

Authored by Paigntonzoo

National Tree Week - from 23rd November to 1st December – is the UK's largest annual tree celebration, and marks the start of the winter tree planting season. One locally-based conservation charity is using the occasion to shine a spotlight on some of the many trees in its care.

Wild Planet Trust is the conservation charity behind Paignton Zoo. The zoo is more famous for animals...

Thriving Together: people and nature in balance

Authored by Paigntonzoo

A key regional conservation charity has signed up to a campaign highlighting an environmental issue that has been described as the world’s most important yet least discussed – population growth.

Wild Planet Trust, the charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, has joined the Thriving Together campaign, which recognises that family planning is...

Competitions call on Devon's schoolchildren to capture the countryside in pictures and words

Authored by sharon goble

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England has launched its 2019 art and writing competitions for primary schoolchildren - calling on them to use their creativity to capture Devon's coast and countryside.

CPRE Devon's two children's competitions are a fun way to encourage outdoor learning and help youngsters engage with and enjoy the great outdoors. There...

Rock and roll flirting is a fishy first

Authored by Paigntonzoo

Fish at Living Coasts in Torquay have been observed performing a mating behaviour that zookeepers think has never before been recorded. Animal experts filmed female four-eyed fish (Anableps anableps) rocking from side-to-side; this appeared to attract the male to come and mate. Sharp-eyed aquarists Tom Fielding and Sam Worthington noted and eventually videoed the curious behaviour. Clare Rugg...

The Exeter Floral Trial - Chelsea Fringe Event

The Exeter Floral Trail takes shape for the Chelsea Fringe Festival Plans for the first ever Chelsea Fringe Festival event in Exeter – The Exeter Floral Trail are growing and moving apace. The initiative by The Academy of Floral Art has will now see beautiful, bespoke floral designs displayed in historic and retail venues across the city centre from 22-24 May. Designed and created by the Academy’s tutors, students and industry friends, the event will showcase the very best in floral design and kick-start Flower Show season and help raise the profile of local charity, AgeUK Exeter. For...

Zoos fly the flag for native species

Authored by Paigntonzoo

Zoos are all about exotic species – aren’t they? Well, three top local zoos are doing their bit to highlight the importance of native species.

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall are aiming to give local wildlife a real boost this year. Native species are the theme for the season at all three zoos, under the banner of Nearby Nature....

CPRE Devon launches competitions to celebrate nature and the countryside

Authored by sharon goble

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England is inviting church communities and primary school children from across the county to enter competitions to celebrate some of the things that make Devon so special.

CPRE Devon has launched three separate competitions this spring and hopes to be inundated with entries.

Devon’s Best Churchyard Competition 2018

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Devon Birds launches photo contest

Authored by Inga

Devon Birds is providing a great opportunity for amateur photographers with the launch of a new photo competition this Summer which is open to the general public. Devon Birds is a charity which supports the study and conservation of wild birds. Amateur photographers are invited to submit their bird photographs which must have been taken in Devon, and the winning entries will be displayed at...

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