Wild East Devon March news

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Join us on our Easter events for families

family craft events

We're off to an exciting start with our programme of events this year! Book early before it's too late

Tues 12th April: AV&DCS Family explorer day at Trinity Hill

Join the Axe Vale and District Conservation Society and Wild East Devon’s Education Ranger to explore, spot wildlife and get creative. Children must be accompanied by an adult. £5 per family group

Weds 20th April: Family Easter Fun at Seaton Wetlands

Join the Education ranger at Seaton Wetlands for Easter and springtime themed activities. Make crafts to take home using small tools and natural materials and cook treats over the campfire. £5 per child, children aged under 2 are free.

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Mad as March hares!

Hare by Robin Morrison

Credit: Robin Morrison

Whilst in Devon hares are not a particularly common mammal, East Devon has a handful of locally important sites for them and their close affiliation with the month of March is too good a reason to not look more closely at this fabulous animal.

Brown hare are not native to the UK, thought to have been introduced during the Iron Age period. That said, they have naturalised in the country and are a cherished part of our wild fauna, the doleful expression and beautifully elongate body making it firm favourite with wildlife watchers and artists alike!

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Have fun with our 'colour hunt' outside activity

Spring craft idea

As spring begins to arrive and new shoots, flowers and leaves are starting to open why not get out and about with the family to see what natural treasures you can spot. Click the image to see more.

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Spring flowers focus on cowslips

Spring flower: Cowslips

This cowslip has appeared at Seaton Wetlands in the wildflower verge. It's the first time our Rangers can recall seeing this species growing on site and shows that reseeded meadow mixes develop year on year.  We're very excited to see what other new discoveries will appear this year - can you help us by sharing your photos of anything you spot on social media and tag @wildeastdevon?

The first year following the reseeding was dominated with yellow rattle. Last year saw a proliferation of meadow vetchling. This year we have already got more basal rosettes of knapweed and scabious than seen before. It's all very encouraging!

Please pick up the poo!

Trinity Hill

Dog poo…that may not be the most palatable start to a sentence but it’s a hot topic across our nature reserves and a much more complex issue than you may think. As well as being a disgusting inconvenience messing the soles of walkers it is also incredibly damaging to the habitat, specifically low nutrient sites like heathland.

Unfortunately sites like Trinity Hill in Axminster are a hot spot for dog fouling. The ease of access, ability to let your dog run straight from the car and the remoteness of the site are the perfect combination to a dog fouling issues. Add in dark evenings and wet weather it’s a recipe for a mess and it’s something that we need to stop.

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