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

Wildlife Warden Podcast Episode 7 In this podcast Emily Marbaix updates us on what wildlife wardens have been up to, reminds us of autumn jobs to do in the garden, especially those that help wildlife, and takes a look at the eco-friendliness (or not) of our pets, including what we feed them and the flea… Read More...
Wildlife Warden September Newsletter This month's newsletter covers a talk on Cirl Buntings by Cath Jeffs, a conservation officer with the RSPB; information about upcoming webinars; the Great Big Green Week events held in Dawlish and Newton Abbot; plus a summary of the projects Wildlife Wardens have taken on around the district. Read More...
Wildlife Warden Podcast Episode 6 Read or listen to Emily Marbaix's latest podcast, in which she talks about how to create a wildflower meadow, the future for beavers in England, and what we can do individually to combat climate change and species loss. Read More...
Wildlife Warden Podcast Episode 5 Emily Marbaix is back with another podcast (which you can also read) in which she talks about her latest wild camping trip, orienteering training with Emma Cunis (aka Dartmoor's Daughter), and notes that 68 wildlife wardens across 34 parishes and wards have received introductory training. There is also: An update… Read More...
Wildlife Warden July Newsletter As usual, it was been a busy month! We are currently writing ACT’s response to the Local Plan consultation, so this newsletter is a little shorter than usual. Thank you to those of you who have responded to the Local Plan Consultation. This could be our last chance to influence… Read More...
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...