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Environment Group/Environment Advisory Group

Pledge for Nature

Please join us and make a Pledge for Nature, and be part of a growing movement in the UK, to save our threatened wildlife, bees, insects and plants.
Click on image to go to the Pledge for nature pages.

With thanks to Simon Oldridge and Sustainable Staverton

Terry and Dot's Garden and Wildlife Advice

The Great British Wildflower Hunt. You can register with Plantlife (Great British Wildflower Hunt (plantlife.org.uk) and record what you find in their plant list and where. There are 4 main periods during the year with different wildflowers each time. The spring list includes 24 species. You can submit as many records as you want! Happy plant hunting.

Would you like to help local wildlife?
Did you know that gardens cover an area one fifth the size of Wales? Gardeners collectively manage a massive nature reserve network connecting all of Britain and so play a vital role as climate change impacts become more severe and species will need stepping-stones to migrate through our landscape to find new places to live. And of course, Rattery can play its part too, with an informal Wildlife Garden Network. It would be wonderful if every household in the Parish had an area, however small, devoted to “Bug Friendly” plants. While there are numerous trees and shrubs, the quickest, easiest and probably the most attractive way would be to start with annuals and perennials.

Our Environment Advisory Group (EAG)  will support parishioners by giving wildlife gardening ideas, arranging visits to each other’s gardens for inspiration (when it’s allowed!) and selling wildlife-friendly plants at the village’s May plant sale. We might even be able to rustle up some volunteers, if you need help planting.

So, to kick-off, take a look at this information on Terry and Dot's Gardening and Wildlife Pages:
De-bunking some wildlife gardening myths
Suggestions for suitable wildlife-friendly plants.

You can also download PDF files:
Wildflower Meadows - Creating and maintaining flowering lawns and pots
Wild About Gardens - Bee action pack

You don’t need to formally sign up to the Wildlife Garden Network, just take action!

Terry and Kim
Environment Advisory Group

Plastics’ Recycling
Avoid buying  non-recyclable plastics wherever possible
Recycle all that you can

Morrisons will accept the following in their Carrier Bag recycling points:
- Plastic Carrier Bags
- Plastic bread bags
- Plastic cereal bags i.e. Porridge Oats (not inners from boxed cereals)
- Plastic wrappers and ring joiners from multipacks of cans and plastic bottles
- Plastic wrappers from toilet roll and kitchen towel packs
- Plastic freezer bags
- Plastic magazine and newspaper wrap (type used for home delivery only)
-  Thin bags used for fruit and veg at supermarkets
-  Bubble wrap
- Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) - resin ID code 4
- Flexible plastic multi-pack can holders/rings

4OceanTop Tips
15 ways to reduce your plastic waste

4Ocean have identified 15 ways reduce plastic consumption to help create a more hopeful future for the fate of our oceans.
Go to 4Ocean website to find out how.

Roadside Verges Management
Our roadside verges support a huge range of wildlife , including pollinators, and are one of the few places where we can easily see beautiful wild flowers.  If you have any verges, D.C.C. has a useful guide for best practice wildlife management at www.devon.gov.uk/environment/wildlife

Ash dieback Rattery is already being affected by this.
At a time when biodiversity is increasingly under threat, even without ash dieback, and given how long it takes a tree to mature, there is an urgent need to start a replacement programme now. The Environment Advisory Group is continuing to look for a suitable site for establishing a community woodland. Any help/suggestions welcomed! The following gives advice on recommended actions and responsibilities. Landowners are responsible for trees on their land and are also responsible for the safety of people who come into contact with them

Ash Dieback

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Ash Dieback in Devon (A very useful website supported by Devon County Council)

Help scientists, help the planet
You can help scientists with crucial information as to how nature is responding to climate change. It’s fun, easy and anyone can take part. Just go to: Naturescalendar.woodlandtrust.org.uk/getrecording  and record the familiar signs of the seasons near to you. E.g. spotting the first frogspawn, arriving swallows, ripe blackberries etc.

Local walks
There are several public footpaths and unmetalled roads (which resemble Green Lanes) within the parish.

Please follow the Country Code and keep dogs under control when livestock is present.  Dog owners are asked in the interests of hygiene to clear up after their pets & put it in the bin provided outside the public footpath opposite the village green (church/pub) carpark.
Our volunteer Parish Paths Co-ordinator is always glad of volunteers to help with the upkeep of the paths: To contact the paths coordinator please telephone the Clerk 01364 644109.

Rattery Rambles
Walks in and around the village of Rattery
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Kettlewell Walk

Rattery celebrated the opening of The Kettlewell Walk, a new permissive footpath in the heart of the village, on the morning of Saturday 6 October 2018. County Councillor Hosking praised the project as a brilliant example of what could be achieved by co-operation and community action. It will preserve and enhance an area of woodland and wetland, and the hedgerow corridor that links it, to other wildlife areas along the valley of the Bidwell Brook. Rattery is home to 13 species of bat, and an internationally significant roost for Greater Horseshoe Bats, so maintaining local flight path corridors is really important.
The new path was made possible by the generous permission of various landowners, including Devon and Cornwall Housing and, Dartington Hall Estate, and by a grant from the National Grid Community Fund.

This project is the first phase of a longer-term strategy by the Rattery Environment Group to both improve biodiversity in the parish and increase publically accessible open space. Click here for information about joining the group or helping with conservation work.

Kettlewell Walk

The Kettlewell Walk is named after the area (by the lower part of the walk) which was the source of water for the village before the arrival of mains water as late as 1949. The Walk extends and connects existing footpaths to create a longer off-road network stretching across the parish. Full details of local walks, including Kettlewell, can be found in the Rattery Rambles booklet.

Click here to comment on your thoughts/experience of the Kettlewell walk plus any wildlife sightings.

“The Rattery Environment Group (a registered charity) promotes the betterment of the local environment and leisure time facilities. It enables new projects by researching possible new developments, putting together project proposals, negotiating with interested parties and applying for grants, as necessary. The remit of the Environment Advisory Group (EAG) is to advise the Parish Council on the delivery of the relevant sections of the Parish Plan. This includes organising community action arising from projects instigated by the Rattery Environment Group)”.  Volunteers for the groups are always welcome. Contact them on: environment@ratteryvillage.co.uk.


  1. To advise the Parish Council on the delivery of the relevant sections of the Parish Plan and monitor delivery of the Parish Plan priorities;
  2. To gather information and provide advice to the Parish Council on matters relating to the nature conservation and public open spaces;
  3. To offer an interface between parishioners and the Parish Council on matters relating to the nature conservation and public open spaces.


  1. Consult with parishioners on matters relating to the nature conservation and public open spaces;
  2. Carry out research as above;
  3. Liaise with other bodies, in particular with the Rattery Environment Group charity.
  4. Monitor and report on progress with the Parish Plan; and on the actions of relevant outside bodies;
  5. Monitor and report on the condition of permissive paths in the Parish;
  6. Make recommendations to the Parish Council;
  7. Organise community action (as agreed by the Parish Council);
  8. Provide information for parishioners on nature/environmental matters.
Click here for Parish Plans Actions