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Biodiversity Week in the Sid Valley

  • by JW

Monday 28 June – Sunday 4 July

“Help us celebrate the rich diversity of wildlife in the Sid Valley by joining in with our programme of free events.”


The Sid Valley Biodiversity Group started up formally a year ago:

Launch of Sid Valley Biodiversity Group – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Online: Biodiversity in the Sid Valley @ Café Scientifique – Vision Group for Sidmouth


It is putting on a week of diverse events to celebrate:


“Bring a friend to an event” photo: SVBG with thanks!

Biodiversity Events

It’s our first birthday! Help us celebrate the rich diversity of wildlife in the Sid Valley by joining in with our programme of free events.

Monday 28 June 11:00 – 12:30

Join Kate Ponting, Countryside Learning Officer at Clinton Devon Estates, for a stroll around Mutter’s Moor which has recently become part of the UK’s newest National Nature Reserve. Kate will give an overview of the biodiversity, conservation management and future challenges facing this important heathland area. A fairly level walk of around 2.5 km. Meet at Mutter’s Moor car park, Peak Hill Road. Grid Reference SY 1094 8723

Tuesday 29 June 14:00 – 15:30

John and Jean Twibell will give a guided tour of their 2.5 acre woodland garden containing native plants and a meadow area. They also hold the National Artemisia Collection and an optional tour is available at the end. Farthing Wood, Broadway, Sidmouth EX10 8HS for a 14:00 start. The garden is on a slope and has uneven paths.

Wednesday 30 June 10:30 – 12:00

Ed Dolphin and John Twibell lead a guided walk examining maritime plants and the challenging conditions in which they thrive. Meet at the entrance to Connaught Gardens by the top of the ramp. This walk will be on a paved area, down the ramp and along the millennium walkway. Grid Reference SY1196 8699.

Thursday 1 July 15:00 – 16:00

Zoom talk by Simon Browning, Senior Data & Evidence Officer with Westcountry Rivers Trust.

Topic – “How the West Country Rivers Trust monitoring scheme will help promote biodiversity.”

Joining instructions for the Zoom talk are on – www.sidmouthsciencefestival.or

Friday 2 July 10:30 – 12:30

Join Sidmouth Arboretum’s guided tree walk, a gentle two hour stroll along footpaths through the parish churchyard, Blackmore Gardens and the Byes. Meet at 10:30 outside Sidmouth Museum, Church Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LY. There is a charge of £2.50 per person for this walk.

Saturday 3 July 14:00 – 16:00

Ed Dolphin will be in Alma Field to help children and adults improve their spotting skills with a wildflower treasure hunt. Alma Field is at the coastpath end of Alma Lane, Grid Reference SY1323 8749. Arrive any time between 1400 and 1600.

Sunday 4 July 10:30 – 12:00

Join Kate Tobin and Jon Ball at The Knapp Local Community Nature Reserve to see the work that has been done to promote biodiversity. You can contribute to this work by helping us collect and spread yellow rattle seeds. Meet at the Knapp entrance on Station Road close to Alexandria Road, grid reference SY1216 8846.

Events – Sid Valley Biodiversity Group