Will you pledge garden space and help turn Exmouth into a giant nature reserve?

Help turn Exmouth into a giant nature reserve by pledging space for wildlife in your garden, allotment or window box.

East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Wild Exmouth team is urging the town to make room for nature with the aim of creating a map of wildlife-friendly gardens and green spaces.

The Heritage Fund and local councils have funded My Patch for Nature Exmouth, with free seeds available to scatter by households committed to creating new homes for insects, birds and wildlife.

Each small contribution can make a difference, and space for nature – access for hedgehogs, building a bee mansion, a pond for frogs and newts, planting a window box with wildflowers or a bird feeder on your patio.

Gardens, window boxes, bird tables and allotments are all important habitats for nature. Linking them can help turn Exmouth into a giant nature reserve.

The My Patch for Nature campaign is EDDC’s hope of creating a network of wild places across Exmouth.

An EDDC spokesperson said: “We are looking for 4000 households to pledge to make a part of their patch better for wildlife. You could come up with your own ideas or create hedgehog highways in boundaries, bug hotels, new ponds, window boxes of flowers for pollinators, new apple trees.

“Once you have registered we will send you a free packet of wildflower seeds and provide you with year round ideas for you to make a difference for wildlife.

“You will have the option to add your patch to our online map.

“Our vision is to create the community’s nature reserve of over 2000 square metres.

“We aim to create a network of your areas to make up a nature reserve across the community.

Councillor Geoff Jung, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to make a genuine difference for wildlife. By pledging a space, no matter how small, we can all come together to help nature.

“As part of  the My Patch for Nature campaign, we will send out wildflower seeds to people who register, creating space for wildlife across Exmouth.

“We are mapping your pledges and locations to create a network of outdoor spaces and demonstrate Exmouth’s commitment to being a wilder, greener town.”

Councillor Michael Rosser, Wild Exmouth lead from Exmouth Town Council, said:

“Local people can make a real difference to nature in the town and I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

“If a quarter of Exmouth households make a pledge of even a small space of half a square metre or less, we will be able to fullfil our vision for 2000 square meters pledged for nature.”

To get involved and claim your seeds, or view progress on the map, see here

My Patch for Nature is funded by the Heritage Fund, East Devon District Council, Exmouth Town Council and Devon County Council.

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