Managing verges for wildlife

Special verges:  There are currently 112 special verges in Devon designated by DCC for their exceptional wildlife value or their value to communities. To find out if you have one near you look on Devon County Council’s environmental viewer, under the Ecology/Geology tab. Please email nature@devon.gov.uk if you would like to help manage a special verge or obtain more information (a survey card and management information is available for each).

Community management of verges for wildlife: DCC is encouraging communities to manage verges for wildlife (where safe to do so and not in conflict with health and safety management of verges). Draft guidance can be found here. Please contact us at nature@devon.gov.uk if you have ideas for improving the guidance. We are also looking for verge management case studies and community champions – so please get in touch if you can help.

Case studies

Beer Road, Seaton – Management Plan. Produced by the Axe Vale and District Conservation Society, 2015.

North Devon Biosphere’s ‘Life on the Verge’ HLF project began in November 2016 and will be helping local communities to manage verges for wildlife.

Plantlife verge guidance: The conservation organisation Plantlife has produced a guide to verge management which sets out management principles for road verges.