Guide East Devon Coronavirus residents update 21 August 2020

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10. Wild East Devon update

Wild Honiton: share your views on green spaces in Honiton

Wild Honiton is a new project which will focus on the creation and improvement of the town’s green spaces to encourage more people to use them, enjoy walking routes, as well as restoring natural wildlife habitat. In future, Wild Honiton aims to work with local groups and key partners to develop experimental and rewarding outdoor activities and events.

Complete a survey about the future of parks, public gardens and other outdoor open spaces within Honiton, and you could win £40 of shopping vouchers!

To encourage more people to use outdoor open spaces in Honiton, we want to hear from people that live in the area. Please complete the survey to tell us about ideas for changes and improvements before 5pm on 25 September 2020. 

Help our hedgehogs!

We think one of the benefits of lockdown is that we're all far more aware of our natural surroundings, walking more in our beautiful countryside. So it's sad to hear this week that the British hedgehog is now officially classed as vulnerable to extinction.

Hedgehogs are one of the UK's most loved animals, and are very important for our ecosystem, but their numbers are in steep decline.

We can all do a little something to help them survive.

For example,  leave piles of leaves and wood for hedgehogs to use as their home and if you plan to have a bonfire, check for hedgehogs before lighting any waste. Cutting small holes in the bottom of garden fences allows hedgehogs to move between gardens for food and shelter. Leave a shallow bowl of water and cat food, dried mealworm or crushed sunflower hearts for hedgehogs to eat and drink (never feed hedgehogs milk or bread) and avoid slug pellets and other pesticides which cause illness to hedgehogs

Find out more about hedgehogs and what you can do to help them.