Why does wildlife need to be protected

With a growing population, there will be more recreational pressure on significant conservation sites at Dawlish Warren, East Devon Pebblebed Heaths and the Exe Estuary. Protecting these sites for residents and visitors alike, is important for a number of reasons including providing safe areas for all users to enjoy and caring for the wildlife they support.

A raft of measures are being carried out to protect the sites, these include:

  • Two Habitat Mitigation Officers delivering a programme of education for users and visitors to the three sites.
  • Dawlish Countryside Park – a brand new 65-acre green space for people to enjoy.
  • Wildlife refuges near Dawlish Warren and Exmouth to protect wildlife by providing space for protected birds. These are outside the areas used for leisure.
  • Updated codes of conduct for all the different types of groups using the Exe Estuary, Dawlish Warren and East Devon Pebblebed Heaths so they can use the areas safely, within the law, in consideration of other users, and at the same time protect nature.
  • A patrol boat on the Exe Estuary, to keep all users safe and protect wildlife.
  • Visitor access improvements on East Devon Pebblebed Heaths.
  • Devon Loves Dogs – a free membership scheme to encourage responsible dog behaviour and protect the countryside.