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The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers 340 square kilometres (131 square miles) of coastline, estuaries and countryside and includes a rich variety of habitats and species.
The habitats in the AONB range from salt marshes, reedbeds and eelgrass to hedge banks, oak woodlands and coastal grasslands. You will find guillemots, dolphins, grey seals and harbour porpoises along with dormice, greater horseshoe bats, cirl bunting, cuckoo bees and glow-worms.
Our natural environment provides a varied, colourful landscape tapestry which enriches and supports the lives of residents and visitors.
Its importance is recognised in a range of designations that include Special Areas of Conservation, reflecting the importance of parts of the AONB at a European scale, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, that highlight importance at a national scale, and local nature reserve and county wildlife sites, recognizing parts of the AONB that are of more local importance.
Nature’s calendar creates a series of spectacular natural events throughout the year and the South Devon AONB is the venue of a really impressive selection including:
End of August to early September (Swallows)
Vast clouds of breeding midges emerging out of the reed fringes and forming 30 ft tall plumes that resemble swirling smoke from a chimney.
Are there other natural events you feel are synonymous with the South Devon AONB, or have you seen something really awe inspiring in the natural world while you’ve been out and about in the South Devon AONB? Please tell us about it, we’d love to hear your story and share it with others. Your responses will help shape the Special Qualities list for the South Devon AONB and the event sand activities programme to raise awareness of why this area receives special protection as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Wildlife forms one of the most awe inspiring elements of Natural Beauty, the reason for South Devon being designated an AONB.
If you have a wildlife encounter you would like to share, or feel our habitat and species list is missing something you feel is worthy of mention and synonymous with the South Devon AONB, then please tell us about it, we’d love to hear your experiences and views.
Your responses will help: