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Exeter Wildlife City > “ensuring that future development will protect its wildlife”

  • by JW

A great project:


A partnership between Devon Wildlife Trust and Exeter City Council


Why do we need it?

Exeter is striking proof that cities can be the homes to abundant wildlife. But, as everywhere, wildlife is under threat. The city now has a human population of 120,000 – and it’s growing. We want to ensure that Exeter‘s future development will protect its wildlife and gives it space to thrive.

Contact with nature and wildlife is also hugely important for people; quite simply, contact with our natural environment makes us happy! The project works with people across the city on projects that are great for wildlife and, importantly, improve our quality of life too.

Biodiversity mapping

Devon Biodiversity Records Centre have created a Biodiversity Reference Map for the Exeter Wild City Project.

The map identifies where the city’s most important wildlife habitats are as well as other areas of green space that may hold some wildlife value and form a biodiversity network through the city.

The map is designed for anyone that has an interest in the future ecological health of the city including city planners and land management staff. To find out more about the map go to the Devon Biodiversity Record Centre website.


As reported on Radio Exe;


Exeter breaks out in colourful display

A riot of colour has broken out across the city, with wild flowers coming into bloom as part of the Wild City Project.

The initiative – a collaboration between the City Council and Devon Wildlife Trust – is now in its fourth year and still pleasing locals and visitors alike.

Wild flower seed has been sown alongside roadsides, in parks, on roundabout and in key gateways to the city. Many of the sites now self-generate, meaning they don’t need to be sown every year.

Exeter breaks out in colourful display