Wild About Devon upcoming webinars including Devon Dark Skies Week 30/09/2021

Three upcoming Wild About Devon webinars in October looking at the importance of hedges and marking Devon Dark Skies Week

Wild About Devon is a new initiative to help parish and town councils take action for wildlife so you can tackle the ecological and climate emergencies. The initiative brings together communities taking action for wildlife across Devon so they can connect to share learning, network and inspire others. Wild About Devon was set up by the Devon Local Nature Partnership to bring together information and expertise.

Parish and town councils can get involved by joining the Parish and Town Council Wildlife Network, joining the Wild About Devon Facebook discussion group or attending the Community Action Wildlife Webinars aimed at communities and local councils. Previous webinars include sessions on Wildlife Records, An Introduction to Planning and Wildlife, and Meadows/Long Grass in Public Greenspaces. Don’t worry if you’ve missed them, they’ve all been recorded and can be watched here.

There are three Wild About Devon webinars coming up in October:

  • The Importance of Hedges, Wednesday 13 October, 7pm. With three guest speakers who will speak about the benefits that our hedges bring to society, hedgerow management, and survey techniques. More info and book here
  • Devon Dark Skies Week | Wildlife Webinar, Monday 25 October, 7pm. Focusing on moths with Richard Fox (Butterfly Conservation) detailing their importance and Doug Boyes (centre for Ecology and Hydrology) sharing the findings from his recent paper on LED lighting and moths. More info and book here.
  • Devon Dark Skies Week | Dark Skies, Thursday 28 October, 7pm. Joined by Bob Mizon (UK Commission for Dark Skies) and CPRE to explain about the importance of keeping the night sky dark and the impacts of night lighting. More info and book here.

Devon Dark Skies Week

Devon Dark Skies Week takes place from 22 to 30 October and is an initiative to connect people to the natural world after dark and extend our relationship with wildlife around the clock. For more information, have a look here; as well as the webinars above, there are loads of ways for both individuals and groups to get involved including reducing lighting, building homes for wildlife and stargazing.