Ecology Group

The ACT Ecology Group’s role is to highlight the links between the climate emergency and the ecological emergency and ensure the loss of our wildlife and the likely extinction of many of our local species is understood better.

This large group includes many excellent local ecologists with a variety of specialisms. We are seeking national research as well as local experience to help us. Our purpose is to find ways of engaging communities with their own wildlife so they understand its importance, find out how to look after it and enjoy it more!

We are working on local actions that will involve local and national organisations, concentrating first on projects that are effective, relatively easy and that our communities can be involved in.

Ecology covers:

All wildlife and all habitats in Teignbridge, including urban areas, Dartmoor National Park, our rivers, coasts and sea.

If you are interested and can contribute please contact us.

If you wish to contribute ideas or see what others are suggesting please visit the forum.

Our policies and initiatives in response to TDC declaring a climate emergency are here.


What’s going on

Last Chance to Influence Where New Housing is Built You have until noon on Monday August 9th to give Teignbridge District Council (TDC) your views on the 100 plus sites around Teignbridge proposed for new development. If you don’t respond to this consultation you won’t get another opportunity. It is difficult, if not impossible, for plans to be changed… Read More...
Wildlife Warden Podcast – Episode 4 This episode brings you:  An overview of a visit from Amanda and Amy from the Devon Environment Foundation, who are one of our main fundersEmily’s first experience of wild camping on DartmoorAdvice on wild camping in TeignbridgeInformation about butterflies and an interview with Amy Walkden, the secretary for the Devon… Read More...
Wildlife Warden June Newsletter This month's Newsletter covers a lot of ground, literally, with wardens and opthers venturing out as summer begins. Topics covered include: The Local PlanTraining sessionsProject visitsOgwild's Rectory Field open afternoonWild about DevonDevon Rewilding Network Here's the full newsletter Read More...
Wildlife Warden Podcast Episode 3 In the latest Devon Wildlife Warden Podcast, Emily Marbaix brings you details about Churches Count for Nature Week (between 5th and 13th of June) and of a quiz she has put together to quantify how well you are managing your garden for wildlife. There is also: An interview with Flavio,… Read More...
Why Wildlife Wardens? In December 2020 I signed up to become a wildlife warden for my parish, writes Emily Marbaix. It’s a scheme run by ACT aiming to help local wildlife survive and thrive. There’s a strong connection between wildlife loss and climate breakdown. They are both outcomes of our exploitation of the… Read More...
Wildlife Warden April Newsletter A lot has happened this month, as we have finally been able to get outside and meet up in small groups, which has been really nice. It is not only us that have been busy; I have two nest boxes in my garden that are being used by house sparrows,… Read More...
Wildlife Warden Podcast Episode 2 In Episode 2 of the Devon Wildlife Warden Podcast, Emily Marbaix takes a look at the wide range of conservation schemes in our area and draws attention to the new National Grassroots Campaign Map. She also discusses:  The value of churchyards for conservation efforts. A summary of what our local wildlife… Read More...
Choose peat free compost this spring It’s spring, writes Lucy Oldroyd. The cold winds have passed. Surely, that is the last of the severe frosts. It is time to get planting! Trays of bright bedding at the supermarket, at the garden centre entice. Now for the compost. The bags are almost as bright as the bedding… Read More...
Wildlife Warden podcast Emily Marbaix, a Wildlife Warden for Abbotskerswell, has created a podcast about the Wildlife Warden scheme. You can listen to the first episode here, as well as on Spotify and on Apple Podcasts. Emily talks about local wildlife/reserves, some of the things that Wildlife Wardens have been up to and explains why she got… Read More...
Wildlife Warden February Newsletter Thanks to all wardens for the hard work you have put into the scheme during these difficult times. The scheme is constantly growing and moving in the right direction. We have created a subdomain on the ACT website for the Wildlife Warden Scheme. It is still in development, but it already contains… Read More...