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At East Devon we are working towards ecological rewilding. This means that we are using information on historical, ecological, environmental, and human use to inform our greenspace strategies across the area.

With rewilding we aim to:

  • Reduce human intervention in ecological processes
  • Allow and enable wildlife to thrive (with an emphasis on insects)
  • Plant trees to sequester carbon
  • To provide beautiful recreational spaces.

We will do this using the following strategies:

  • reducing cutting of grass
  • establishing ecologically appropriate plants across our greenspaces to help wildlife
  • creating perennial plantings
  • planting trees and hedgerows
  • establishing meadows
  • creating wetland areas
  • installing bird and bat and bug homes across our area.

Blue Campaign

Look out for Blue hearts across the district which promote the rewilding of our green spaces in certain parks, gardens and verges. We allow these areas to grow throughout the season which provides habitat and helps biodiversity.

A blue heart symbol, made out of recycled materials, is staked in the ground over the area being rewilded. This communicates to residents and visitors that rewilding is in process (and that it is not just the owner or council being lazy!)”

We will be engaging with the public more often on social media using #EDDCparks. 

We recognise that we are fortunate to have a diverse range of insects and birds across East Devon, some that you can expect to see are:

  • Butterflies
    • Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi)
    • Green Veined White (Pieris napi)
    • Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
  • Moths
    • Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata)
    • Sandy Long-horn (Nematopogon schwarziellus)
    • Privet Hawk-moth (Sphinx ligustri)
  • Birds
    • Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
    • Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)
    • Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)
    • Grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)