‘Rewilding Roborough Fields’ is a rewilding venture started in May 2020 by Water Gems’ director Nick Benge. To get this project started and to help his vision become a reality, Nick has assembled an enthusiastic team of people – from experienced Water Gems staff to like-minded friends, who are all as excited about this project as he is.
With Nick’s knowledge and experience, along with the skills and expertise of the team, the aim is to give the ten-acre plot of land in North Devon a new energy, creating a biodiversity hotspot for both plant and animal communities.
The plan is to create a dense mosaic of Devonbank hedgerows, wildflower meadows and pools, cramming in as much habitat into the space as possible and then watch all the native plants and animals move in – “Build it and they will come.”
To find out more about this project, please visit the Rewilding Roborourgh Fields website where you can also become a Friend of the Fields. Alternatively, contact Nick directly on 07734 386243, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
In July 2020, experts from the ecological consultancy firm Clarkson & Woods conducted a baseline survey of the fields. Since then, several of the Water Gems team have visited the site to dig the ponds, plant trees and install wildlife boxes.
Below are some recent photographs of the plants and wildlife that are now thriving in the fields after only a few months since the pond and planting work.