We celebrate the unique natural environment of the South Hams, and it’s important to protect, enhance and restore it now and for future generations. Despite the negative messages of nature in trouble, we find the good news and stories from individuals, groups and companies who all have nature at the heart of their work. We are here to share that, and to inspire and help you to start your own project or group.

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To see some real changes we need to find a tipping point of just 1 in 4 people*, where nature becomes a part of everyone’s everyday lives. Much of this can happen from within our own communities, so it’s important we keep the subject of nature high on our agendas.

There are already some energetic groups out there in the South Hams, with inspirational projects taking place all year round. We’ve listed just a few of them. We know there are plenty more and if you’d like to add yours then fill in the form – it doesn’t take long!

Our field trips, news and blogs are there to inspire you, to take back to your groups and communities, to spread the word and start the cascading effect. 

It may be that you or your group has a particular interest – say in holding a bat event. You can find out how to do that on our resources page, with plenty of other links to websites and documents if you wish to drill down into a particular subject.

We are trying to add information and inspiration as we go along and keep it relevant and up to date, and we need you to help us do that so please share your experiences, your knowledge or your project with us by contacting info@sussh.org. Or if you have a specific question you would like help with, contact our nature mentor Ruth Saunders ruth@sussh.org

There are a number of larger charities who offer support and help to communities and individuals who would like to get nature back on track, either through practical help, forums or excellent websites. Some are already listed with us, but if you’ve found a particular charity helpful to you then please share it with us.

* The Devon Wildlife Trust believe that the tipping point is reached if as few as 1 in 4 people in Devon are actively engaged with nature.

News

Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy

Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy

Ahead of our Taking Action Together Education Assembly, we caught up with Clifford Harris to find out more about the government's Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy.

April 15, 2024
Nurturing Wellbeing In An Age of Eco-anxiety

Nurturing Wellbeing In An Age of Eco-anxiety

In recent years, a growing body of research has shed light on a concerning trend: eco-anxiety. This term describes the psychological distress and anxiety individuals experience in response to environmental issues such as climate change, deforestation, and biodiversity loss.

April 15, 2024
Taking Action Together Assembly

Taking Action Together Assembly

We are excited to be launching our next Assembly! Taking Action Together is all about connecting, supporting and inspiring community groups and education services to collaborate for climate, nature and adaptation.

March 29, 2024

Groups

Apricot Centre CIC - Biodynamic Farm and Wellbeing Service

Apricot Centre CIC - Biodynamic Farm and Wellbeing Service

Biodynamic Farming, Wellbeing Services for children and families at the edge of potential, Permaculture Design Services for farms and estates in transition to regenerative practices, Education of Regenerative Farmers

Less than 5
Volunteers
CIC
Project Cost
Bidwell Brook Partnership

Bidwell Brook Partnership

Bidwell Brook is an important wildlife corridor that flows into the River Dart. The aims of the partnership, made up of Rattery & Dartington Parish Councils and local individuals and organisations, are to improve water quality, conserve and increase biodiversity, reduce flood risk and increase public engagement. Initial activities include citizen science to monitor water quality, engaging with key organisations, and seeking funding for ecological assessment and advice to landowners.

5-20
Volunteers
Other
Project Cost
Yealm Estuary to Moor Steering Group

Yealm Estuary to Moor Steering Group

Our goal is to create and restore habitats within the Yealm Catchment, working with professional partners such as Westcountry Rivers Trust, Devon Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust, AONB, Dartmoor Parks Authority, National Trust.

20-100
Volunteers
Other
Project Cost

Projects

Clean and Survey Your Local Beach

Clean and Survey Your Local Beach

Hope Cove and Soar Mill beach cleans and beach surveys with SMASH

Volunteers
Project Cost
Support a thriving population of a re-introduced species

Support a thriving population of a re-introduced species

The Gara Water Vole Reintroduction Project is an exciting reintroduction project

5-20
Volunteers
£5k - £50k
Project Cost
Promote Earth Friendly Values Around Our Food

Promote Earth Friendly Values Around Our Food

Workshops promoting Earth Friendly values around food from the Deer Wood Trust

5-20
Volunteers
£5k - £50k
Project Cost