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‘Spring on SVA land’ – a talk by Ed Dolphin

  • by JW

– 2.30pm – Wednesday 20th March – All Saints Church Hall –


Tomorrow afternoon, a nature expert will give a talk on Sidmouth’s spring flowers – as reported in the Herald:

Local author and amateur naturalist Ed Dolphin will be sharing his knowledge of the Sid Valley’s plants and flowers in a talk on Wednesday, March 20.

The Sid Valley is a haven for nature; thanks to its mix of mild climate and very varied habitats, it is home to a host of wild flowers, insects, birds and other wildlife. The Sid Vale Association is custodian to several important nature sites including the Knapp Nature Reserve, and its volunteer force works hard to make the most of the natural potential in several areas.

Ed Dolphin spends a lot of his time cataloguing the valley’s nature with the Sid Valley Biodiversity Group and he has many records from the SVA sites. He wrote the SVA book ‘Sidmouth’s Wild Flower Year’ and has a keen interest in how nature changes over the seasons and how it is responding to the ever changing climate. His talk is called ‘Spring in SVA Land – What to see in April and May’ and will be illustrated with pictures from his extensive collection. 

The talk will focus on wild flowers mainly, since they are the easiest to find, but there will be one or two other things that might escape the attention of the casual walker.

The talk will take place at All Saints  Church Hall at 2.30pm on March 20. Admission is £5 on the door, or £2.50 for SVA members, with the price including tea and biscuits.

With more details on the SVA’s website about the TALK: ‘Spring on SVA land’ by Ed Dolphin

Ed has also left a note on the Sid Valley Biodiversity Group | Facebook page:

If you are coming to the SVA talk on Wednesday, 2.30 All Saints Hall, there will be a chance to buy the new book produced jointly by the Arboretum and the SVA, Sidmouth’s World of Trees. We have trees whose origins span the globe, find out where they came from and how they arrived on our shores.