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Audrey Compton, creator of the Teignbridge Wildlife Warden Scheme, has won BBC Radio Devon’s ‘Make a Difference’ Environment Award 2022.

Audrey, a Teign Valley farmer and environmental activist, won the Environment Award in recognition of her hard work in establishing the Wildlife Warden Scheme under the umbrella of Action on Climate in Teignbridge (ACT). The scheme was set up in the autumn of 2020 with the aim of finding volunteers in each of the 53 Teignbridge parishes
keen to help wildlife survive and thrive in their communities.

There are now 94 Wildlife Wardens working in 37 parishes.

Wardens work on a variety of projects, depending on what interests them. Some write for their parish magazines and other media on wildlife gardening and similar topics; some monitor streams and rivers to assess water quality; some have been trained by the Devon Biodiversity Records Centre to survey possible County Wildlife Sites, aiming to protect valuable habitats from development. Planting hedges, establishing wildflower verges, and responding to planning applications are also on the list of activities.

ACT also provide guidance for other communities wanting to set up a Wildlife Warden Scheme.

If you are interested in joining ACT and/or being a Wildlife Warden you can find more information here or email

How is this helping Devon reach net-zero?   

Action C4. Provide support to communities to deliver their low-carbon transformation. 

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