As native species continue to decline and their habitats disappear, we all need to do more to ensure nature has a future.

As part of our Commitment to Nature, we are expanding our conservation work with the ambitious aim of protecting 8 special species – our elusive 8 – and bringing benefits to many more. Whether a bat, butterfly, or tree each species has been chosen for its connection with East Devon and its status as one of our most threatened species.

Our ‘elusive 8’

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Bringing back the Devon Whitebeam

Bringing back the Devon Whitebeam

Following the Sidmouth Herald report of 20 September 2020, Sidmouth Arboretum has begun planting the rare Devon Whitebeams paid for by a grant from the East Devon National Landscape Sustainable Development Fund. The grant paid for thirty young trees, the first three...

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