South West England Countryside
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Biodiversity South West
The South West region has an abundance of fantastic wildlife and habitats. This website supports the work of our partnership and provides information for those who wish to get involved in protecting and enhancing biodiversity in the South West.
S.W. Countryside News
- Dare to be wild! New review says get long-lasting feel-good factor from 30 Days Wild 21st May 2020The Wildlife Trusts and University of Derby evaluate the benefits of daily nature contact with 1,000 people over five years
- Badgers in Avon given a reprieve after Government announce the phasing out of culling 10th March 2020Badger culling is set to phase out the next five years as the Government sets out a new phase of their strategy to tackle bovine TB – a disease which causes devastation to farmers and their livelihoods.
- Avon Wildlife Trust makes the case for urgent action to tackle the ecological emergency across the region 14th February 2020Avon Wildlife Trust is calling on local authorities throughout the West of England to declare an ecological emergency.
- New report shows how we can kick start nature's recovery and absorb a third of UK's emissions 24th June 2020The Wildlife Trusts shows how investing in nature would reap big dividends in tackling climate crisis.
- Inspired by the wild: nature-loving celebs in sparkling line-up for The Wildlife Trusts’ Big Wild Weekend on 19th-21st June! 18th June 2020Enjoy all the fun of a summer festival experience – at home – with The Wildlife Trusts’ first virtual Big Wild Weekend from Friday 19th June to Sunday 21st June.
- 'Moor' access for all at Westhay Moor thanks to Viridor Credits funding 12th June 2020Somerset Wildlife Trust are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a total of £43,890 by Viridor Credits Environmental Company for work at their Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve on the Avalon Marshes.
- Cornwall Wildlife Trust has received £46,300 National Lottery support to help address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic 23rd June 2020Cornwall Wildlife Trust has received £46,300 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help ensure its continued work to protect Cornwall’s wildlife and wild spaces.
- Cornwall Wildlife Trust backs new form of protection for the sea and call on Government for ambitious delivery plan for Highly Protected Marine Areas within a year 8th June 2020The Benyon review of Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) is published by Defra today. Cornwall Wildlife Trust backs its recommendations that HPMAs should be an essential part of the UK network for protection and recovery of the marine environment, and the government should introduce HPMAs within existing protected areas.
- ‘Pingers’ could save porpoises from fishing nets 13th May 2020Underwater sound devices called “pingers” could be an effective, long-term way to prevent porpoises getting caught in fishing nets with no negative behavioural effects, newly published research suggests.
- Why should we care about insects? 15th June 202087% of all plant species need animal pollination and most of this is delivered by insects. Around three-quarters of all crop types grown by humans need to be pollinated by insects. If we want to survive- we need insects!
- Yet again World Oceans Day is a good news day for our seas! - Joan Edwards 8th June 2020Joan Edwards of The Wildlife Trusts reflects on being a member of the HPMA review panel and is calling for an ambitious delivery plan for Highly Protected Marine Areas within a year
- A local legend 3rd June 2020Everyone at Devon Wildlife Trust was saddened to hear of the passing of Cyril Cole. Cyril has been a great friend of DWT for many years, a passionate advocate for wildlife and a real force for good.
- Beavers Build Back Better – but their future is not secure 15th May 2020Beavers create thriving ecosystems helping us to put nature firmly back on the road to recovery. The Wildlife Trusts are calling for a Beaver Strategy for England which would provide a roadmap to monitor how they can increase healthy and thriving beaver populations in catchments, agree management frameworks with stakeholders and monitor their benefits scientifically.
- MSC fund to include Dorset project to protect threatened marine species 6th May 2020Grants totalling more than £650,000 have been awarded to fisheries and research projects around the world, working to protect oceans and safeguard seafood supplies (see full list below). Dorset has been included in fifteen fisheries and research projects around the world which will receive up to £50,000 each from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)’s Ocean […]
- First barn owl chick hatches live on Dorset Wildlife Trust webcam 6th May 2020Yesterday evening (5th May) the first of five barn owl chicks hatched live on the Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) webcam. The remaining four eggs are expected to hatch any day now and over the bank holiday weekend.
- There’s Nothing Like Moth-ing 22nd June 2020Meg recently took over our Instagram for the weekend and has now written an exciting blog all about the wonders of moths. She became increasingly interested in these diverse creatures whilst studying an MSc in Applied Ecology at the University of Gloucestershire.
- The good and the bad from the warm weather 11th June 2020The warm, dry weather during May has been both a help and a hindrance, says Sue Bradley, who has been busy with her watering can.
- Connecting to nature for 30 Days Wild 5th June 2020Will talks about the importance that 30 Days Wild has this year coinciding with our coronavirus lockdown; there couldn’t be a better time for us to make the effort to connect with nature.