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Creating a wilder backbone for Devon; working together to make more space for nature

Devon Wildland is a coming together of people and land across the Haldon Hills, Teign Valley and surrounding area, who are making more space for nature.

The initiative is to create a network of wilder sites connected in both the physical landscape but also through people who will share experience, resources and ideas.




Devon Wildland aims to identify land that is sympathetically managed for wildlife leading to an increase in abundance, and recognises that nature needs landscape-scale space to thrive. By working together we can take rapid action to tackle the ecological emergency.

The initiative is not about dictating how individual land holdings are managed but about working collaboratively to acknowledge where work is taking place to make space for nature and to encourage others to consider the same and fill in the ‘missing gaps’ by creating a mosaic of habitats. In some cases, this will be alongside other activities such as farming, events, forestry and leisure.


Another key goal for Devon Wildland is to look at the barriers for wildlife in our landscape and how these can be overcome.


Devon Wildland is initially based around three core sites; Rewilding Hill Crest at Longdown, Embercombe at Higher Ashton and  LettsSafari at Devon Sculpture Park, Mamhead. These sites are complemented by numerous landowners and holdings across the Haldon ridge and Teign Valley which are already making more space for nature.

Small sites are of equal importance to large in terms of connectivity, and all are critical to the success of Devon Wildland. If you would like to help to create a wilder backbone for Devon to enable wildlife to move across the ridge and thrive, please get in touch.

Basic values of Devon Wildland

  • To be giving over space for nature on land (which you have some control over)

  • To be willing to share experiences and forge alliances with others

  • To approach friends, neighbours and others to share the word of the Devon Wildland

  • To consider sharing resources where appropriate

  • To work collaboratively and compassionately with others for the benefit of nature

Devon Wildland is based on the principles of: CORE SITES, CONNECTIVITY and CO-EXISTENCE. Nature-led and Human-Enabled.

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As well as providing information about the Devon Wildland initiative and the work that is happening across the ridge, this website is also a repository of information, historical archives and policy documents that effect the land use and wildlife that live here.

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