Latest Devon Wildlife Trust Stories

2008-09-02 00:00:12

Young people working to protect a delicate endangered butterfly have received a financial boost. The funding will help members of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) charity regenerate the habitat of the pearl-bordered fritillary on Bodmin Moor. The aid is from GreenPrints, a volunteering programme that offers funding and practical support for projects that improve the environment, carried out by people aged 16 to 25. Organiser Betty Levene said: "This butterfly was...

2008-08-08 00:00:00

Ne in four mammals, one in eight birds and one in three amphibians on this planet are threatened with extinction. This is something which is of profound significance to us all. Mammals, birds and amphibians belong in complex living systems which were once found all over this planet and which humankind is systematically dismantling to put to its own uses. We are now nearing the point at which half the land mass on Earth is in some way subjugated to human need. We are stripping the skin off...

2008-07-16 00:00:19

By EXCLUSIVE Philip Bowern Pressure from the Devon Wildlife Trust, which succeeded in banning scallopers and other bottom trawlers from an area of Lyme Bay, could force the displaced fishermen to move into even more sensitive marine areas off Devon and Dorset. That warning was made to Paul Gompertz of the Devon Wildlife Trust as long ago as December last year in letters seen by the Western Morning News. Yet the trust pressed ahead with its calls for a ban on bottom trawling in a large...

2008-07-01 00:05:00

A five-year landscape project aimed at saving the remaining Culm grassland of North and West Devon was launched at a special conference last week. Eighty delegates with an interest in saving the unique wet grassland habitat attended the conference at Eggesford, where they heard detailed plans from Devon Wildlife Trust. Key speakers included Professor Michael Winter, director of the Centre for Rural Research at the University of Exeter. Devon Wildlife Trust's Working Wetlands scheme - the...

2008-06-24 02:29:44

By LIZ PHILLIPS Learning all about bees and butterflies took a step closer for Eden Park Primary School pupils at Brixham after a special wildlife garden was created by volunteers. Devon Wildlife Trust supporters and volunteers from EDF Energy teamed up to create a new hands-on study area for the youngsters. Volunteer Becky Clark said: "We repainted four benches, built a new pond, created an area for bumble bees to colonise, dug out a stony patch of ground and planted about 40 species...

Word of the Day
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.