7. One Year of Wild Exmouth
2019 was a whirlwind year for us, with the Exmouth community demonstrating their commitment to making space for nature in our parks, gardens, allotments, car parks, windowboxes and patios. With over 900 people getting involved through our events, campaigns and volunteering activities, we are well on our way to making Exmouth a truly Nature Friendly Town.
It’s sometimes really hard to stop and think about the state of nature. We are bombarded with messages about habitat fragmentation, loss and destruction, about the desperate situation for pollinators, mammals and birds.
You didn’t just accept this – you pulled on your wellies and got stuck in. Yes, Exmouth is older and wilder and it’s all thanks to the residents who decided it was time to stand up for nature. And the difference is clear.
Wandering around Exmouth, you will see the difference our amazing volunteers have made. Over approximately 440 hours during 2019, the team has joined the Wild Exmouth Ranger, Debs, on a fortnightly basis, creating habitat for wildlife, improved Phear Park pond, planting wildflower areas, planted trees and bulbs and making our outdoor spaces more accessible and pleasant to visit. The benefits to volunteers working outdoors are well documented, but the improvements for people and wildlife are also easy to see. We’ve had a great time with lots of giggles, surprises and huge quantities of tea and coffee! Thank you all for making the fight for wildlife fun and sociable.
And we’re not done, yet… we’re really looking forward to year two and are making plans for an exciting programme of activities, so it’s not too late to get your friends and neighbours involved!
The Wild East Devon events guide will be available from March, so be sure to grab a copy… we’ll be out rockpooling, making a splash in streams and exploring the wonders of low tide mud and Exmouth’s woodlands.
Our plans for wildlife include lots of habitat creation, carbon-busting planting and making our outdoor spaces more accessible for everyone, so that we can all share the value of our natural spaces.
You’ve taken a stand for our wildlife, our future and our community. Thank you for helping us to accomplish so many amazing achievements in year one. We need you to keep helping – please join us on our activities and conservation days and please do tell us about your efforts for nature in your own space. Help us to map a truly Wild Exmouth.