Our purpose

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A county rich in wildlife

About 20% of the land is covered in high quality wildlife habitat. It has two national parks, five Areas of Outstanding natural Beauty, one of only three UNESCO biosphere reserves centring on Braunton Burrows and a significant part of England’s only natural World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast.

It has two highly distinctive coastlines and boasts some of the most important marine wildlife in northwest Europe.

Where we've come from

Devon Wildlife Trust was established in 1962. This was in response to a national movement concerned with the ever growing threat to our native wildlife and the continual erosion of wildlife rich space in the wake of intensive agriculture, pollution and built development.

DWT is part of The Wildlife Trusts, a federation of 47 county and country-based charities, supported by the Royal Society for Wildlife Trusts.

Our purpose can be summarised by the four statements below 

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