A nature-friendly future at Wembury

Project
Wild flowers with the Mewstone in the background

About the project

This project is about restoring a healthy, beautiful natural environment and is at the heart of the National Trust’s strategy for the future, which means land rich in nature for people to enjoy.

Why Wembury?

The Trust cares for nearly 6km of coast at Wembury including beaches, farmland and woods. At Wembury Point after the Ministry of Defence left we opted for a nature-friendly approach to managing the land. Today we can see an incredibly rich landscape with important wildflowers and wildlife from rare cirl bunting and Dartford warblers to butterflies and bees. We would like to celebrate more nature success stories across all of Wembury.

How are we going to do it?

We hope by creating and improving different habitats, we will see an increase in, and wider variety of insects, birds and small mammals. This could be planting more trees, creating wildflower meadows and wetlands areas.

Fall in love with the bluebells in Wembury Woods
Bluebells line the pathways through Wembury Woods
Fall in love with the bluebells in Wembury Woods

It’s also important that we improve accessibility. We know spending time in nature is good for our wellbeing. Working with local communities we want to improve the quality and network of circular and linear routes around Wembury. We want to make sure they are accessible year-round and welcoming for all types of visitors. We are excited about working with others to offer different experiences that connect people to nature.

Project maps

Project maps - present and proposed (PDF / 1.7548828125MB) download

" A new approach will mean planting thousands of trees to form new woodlands and wood pasture where cattle can graze under a woodland canopy. Hedgerows will flourish to become homes and corridors for animals connecting isolated habitats. Fields, which were previously a single crop treated with chemicals, will become a riot of colour with species rich grasslands and wildflower meadows. "
- Richard Snow, Countryside Manager

How sustainable is this project?

Income generated at New Barton Farm, and from our car parks (Wembury Beach and Wembury Point), holiday cottage and farm tenancies will be used to help support our nature-friendly vision for Wembury.

Latest updates

2022

Project drop in sessions to talk and share ideas

On 23 March and 2 April the rangers will be at the village hall to share more information about the project. We are excited to meet and hear from as many people as possible. Getting community support will be very important and understanding how local people would like to get involved will help shape what we do.

Display of information and maps about the project

2022

Testing the soils on the farm

Rangers and volunteers were out taking soil samples of all the fields at Wembury Barton farm. The soil gets sent to laboratories which are analysed for mineral, ph levels etc. This information is then used to help plan what gets planted where.

Rangers carrying out soil sampling on the fields at Wembury Barton

2022

Clearing the scrub and making more space for nature

Reducing the amount of scrub along the cliff tops should help small insects like butterflies thrive. Pockets of thick brambles and gorse can provide important shelter but too much can be detrimental. This is good news for walkers too, as it means wider footpaths and more of those amazing ocean views.

The Common blue butterfly we hope to see more butterflies like these as a result of scrub clearance