Hoyle HAVEN – a Rewilding Tale
Hoyle Copse – Stoke Gabriel, Devon
The documentary demonstrates how a local community rewilded a public space. It features the village of Stoke Gabriel’s efforts to rewild a local woodland containing a limestone quarry, kilns, a copse, and wildflower meadow that was bequeathed by a local resident in their will to the parish council.
Amongst their considerable and ambitious aims, was to create a wildlife haven and roost that will attract amongst other animals, the Greater Horseshoe Bat, in hopes of contributing to restoring their numbers and completing a corridor from Dartmoor to the sea at Berryhead in Brixham. The success of the project has included some unintended outcomes such as the successful release of a group of rehabilitated hedgehogs!