Life on the Yealm 

The MBA is working with people living in the River Yealm Catchment (Devon) to develop citizen science surveys and events on and around the Yealm Estuary. We are working with local schools and community groups on a series of events between January and November 2018, all with the aim of improving understanding and appreciation of life in the Yealm. 

If you live in Devon or Cornwall then join us in identifying the species that live in and around the Yealm estuary in South Devon, with its seagrass beds, creeks, sea cliffs and ancient woodlands.

As well as events for local schools we organised the following activities:

Yealm BioBlitz 2018 | 24 hour celebration and inventory of the Yealm’s wildlife

Wildlife Monitoring Techniques Training for people wishing to become more involved in studying and monitoring the health of local grass and meadow habitat.

Identifying and Surveying the Yealm’s Tidal Shore Life workshop and field trip for people wishing to become more involved in studying and monitoring the health of estuarine and marine environment.

Fun Wildlife Survey Techniques For All, including a bug hunting and an introduction to wildlife recording apps. 

Woodland Assessment  Technique & Training fro people wishing to get involved in studying and monitoring the health of local woodland habitat

Photos and highlights from the events will be showcased in a celebration of the diversity of life along the Yealm at an event in the WI Hall in Newton Ferrers on Saturday 13th October. Everyone is welcome to drop in between 11am-4pm, with tea and cake being served. The event is being organised by the Marine Biological Association and supported by the Royal Society of Biology, the Heritage Lottery Fund and  Yealm Waterside Homes.

The Life on the Yealm Wildlife Photo Competition is open for entries until 20th September, for any photo of wildlife taken during the Summer along the Yealm and anywhere with the Parish of Newton and Noss. Prizes will be awarded for the photos with the best ‘wow factor’ in the 11&under, 18&under and adult categories, with submissions to:

There’s still time to snap a prize winning photo, whilst enjoying the natural wonders of the special place within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With its seagrass beds, creeks, sea cliffs and ancient woodlands the Yealm estuary is clearly a haven for a diverse range of species. Adders, dolphins, seals, rays, squirrels and deer have all been seen swimming in the Yealm estuary over the past year, though none were recorded during the BioBlitz.  It is also known to be home to otter, lamprey, the critically endangered European eel and is an important fish nursery. And the headland along the coastal path from Noss Mayo is a haven for cirl bunting and a beautiful place to spot seals.

To Find out more see Life on the Yealm on Facebook: @lifeontheyealm

or on Twitter and instagram with #LifeOnTheYealm or #MBABioBlitz

or email to be put on a mailing list to receive details.

The NHBS has written a blog about the BioBlitz:

This project has been made possible thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. A full list of funders and supporting organisations can be viewed at HERE