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4. What NEXT steps can we take tomorrow? As individuals: Everybody can do something! Join Wild Exmouth and participate @WildExmouth Take a good, hard look at your garden - encouragement to cut the lawn less and be less tidy Have longer grass in your garden to encourage biodiversity Plant insect friendly flowers, covering as much as the year as possible Make ponds Have wood piles Have hedgehog holes in fences and have a hedgehog home Have bird feeders and bird boxes Plant a tree. Plant lots of trees! Install insect friendly “homes” Compost Join a school strike (Fridays for Future) Guerrilla gardening As groups Tree nurseries in Exmouth ( Wild Exmouth ?) Exmouth in Bloom now adopting more insect and drought tolerant flowers in their schemes Devon Wildlife Trust ( Exmouth Branch) to keep Bystock Nature Reserve managed Pound Lane allotments – hedge planted and are starting to adopt non-dig gardening Church organisations to make graveyard areas more wildlife friendly Exmouth Wildlife Group to continue campaign to persuade EDDC to adopt a green infrastructure policy , across all new housing developments, that has a 1:1 ratio of bird bricks to each house; also a 25% tree cover; wildflower areas / verges; wildlife corridors; bat boxes ) Exmouth Swift Group / Exmouth Wildlife Group to encourage public and private buildings to install swift boxes Group visit to the Knepp Estate to see their rewilding As local authorities EDDC to appoint an ecologist who champions nature and biodiversity Town Council, EDDC to stop using pesticides that cause harm to nature Plant many more native trees Councils to communicate (why they are taking nature friendly actions) to the community, through signs; leaflets in doors near to an enhanced site; social media EDDC to adopt a green infrastructure policy across all new housing developments ( See above) Stop building on floodplains Town Council to encourage (through their Climate Change action agenda) all Exmouth schools to adapt their curriculum to include climate change and biodiversity strands Nationally, the school curriculum should be adapted to include climate change and biodiversity strands
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