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.


ACT: three years and counting! On April 18th 2019, Audrey Compton was standing outside Forde House, the home of Teignbridge District Council (TDC), with a group of people holding banners. They were there to lobby the council to pass the climate emergency declaration proposal put forward by Councillor Jackie Hook.  “We really didn’t think it… Read More...
Support conversion not demolition of Bradley Lane Friday 8th October saw the public release of the planning application for Bradley Lane in Newton Abbot (22/01500/MAJ), writes ACT Wildlife Warden Eloise Rokirilov.  Long pending, starting at 171 documents and growing, the expiry date for comments remains at 4th November. The application calls for wholesale demolition of all the… Read More...
ACT experience filled me with hope I have just completed a summer placement with ACT and my experience has filled me with hope, writes Finlay Heppell. It was a great learning opportunity for me and I met many knowledgeable and passionate people who all share the same goal of tackling the climate crisis in Teignbridge. Finlay… Read More...
Call for new approach to measure progress towards net zero The Environmental Audit Committee has written to both the Chancellor and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to ask for estimates of greenhouse gas emissions to be published alongside GDP figures to indicate whether economic growth and slashing emissions can be achieved together. This follows the committee’s inquiries in February… Read More...
Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry on Aligning the UK’s economic goals with environmental sustainability: Part 2 – 2 March 2022 Following Part 1 of the enquiry this part questioned witnesses on how environmental sustainability could be incorporated better into the economic measurements that guide Government policy. The full inquiry of over an hour can be viewed on parliamentlive.tv however we have separated out the following clips covering the discussions around… Read More...
Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry on Aligning the UK’s economic goals with environmental sustainability: Part 1 – 9 Feb 2022 A fascinating in depth inquiry into how government policy could move away from GDP as the prime measure of national prosperity to encompass other, more meaningful, measures for social and environmental wellbeing and to consider issues such as a post-growth world, non-monetary capital and inequality. The remit of the Environmental… Read More...
Beach labyrinth reflections Around 100 people walked the labyrinth created on Teignmouth Beach last weekend for the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice. Plenty more watched the walkers from the promenade.  The construction effort, directed by labyrinth artist Andrew Nicholson, was tough work as the chosen location, below the lighthouse, was particularly… Read More...
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...