New Kingsbridge Natural History Society website is packed full of resources

By Nigel Walrond   |   Sports Editor   |
Tuesday 4th April 2017 1:33 pm
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Kingsbridge Natural History Society has a brand new website, providing a complete resource to the local natural world, with suggested locations to visit for residents and visitors alike.

The website covers an area that encompasses Wembury in the west to Berry Head in the east; from south Dartmoor and Haldon Forest near Exeter to Stover Park near Newton Abbot.

Nick Cotter from KNHS said: “When I first started this project to link to other wildlife resources, I was surprised and delighted to discover how many places I could visit. As well as the large number of sources of information about the natural landscape and wildlife to be found in south Devon - much more than other counties I have lived in.”

The website features a wealth of ideas for nature walks and other activities in south Devon, along with links to local walks featured on the South West Coast Path, National Trust, Forestry Commission and Devon Wildlife Trust websites.

There is also a brief description and links to the area’s wildlife reserves – Charlton Marsh, Slapton Ley, Wembury Marine Centre and Berryhead Nature Reserve.

The website also contains a link to download a free publication from Devon County Council - Wildlife in Devon Guide.

There are specific links to Devon Birds, Devon Mammal Group, Devon Moth Group, Devon Branch of Butterfly Conservation, as well as links to national groups such as the Royal Society for the Protection Birds, British Trust for Ornithology, the Mammal Society and the Marine Conservation Society.

For those interested in some of our special landscapes there are links to South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dartmoor National Park Authority, West Country Rivers Trust and Natural Devon.

If you want to see what wildlife has been recorded recently in the area, or wish to add your own record, there is a link to wildlife sightings in Devon, where anyone can view or add a wildlife sighting.

If you spot a bird, mammal, insect, plant or something from the seashore, there are links to to a wide range of web based sites to help identify all types of wildlife found in the UK then visit our website and click on wildlife images to help identify what you have seen.

For residents and long-term visitors, Kingsbridge Natural History Society welcomes people from across the South Hams, of all ages and all levels of knowledge and expertise. This is a very friendly group of people who meet for evening talks and day-time walks.

KNHS also runs a programme of talks and walks, including on Monday, April 24, ‘protecting eelgrass’ by Rachel Cole from the National Aquarium; Friday, April 28, Gara Rock via Millbay circular walk to observe wildlife at this time of year; and on Friday, June 16, a guided walk at Berry Head to see the seabird nesting colonies, rare plant life, and possible dolphin sightings.

To find the new website, or enquire about about membership, visit www.knhs.org.uk.

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