The character, wildlife and heritage of many of the UK's iconic landscapes - from the Cornish coast to the islands of Scotland - hang in the balance warn a coalition of farming, wildlife, environmental and heritage groups, unless there is a way of improving the package of support farmers receive for managing these areas sympathetically.
Win a fantastic short break in Thurlestone courtesy of Coast and Country Cottages or one of our other fab prizes. By entering our photography competition you can show us what you think is special about this area. The themes include living and working, active pursuits and those fantastic views from remote wild locations together with the flora and fauna that are a key part of the landscape.
South Devon AONB Unit helped organise an 'Open Farm Sunday' event at the 300 acre Bearscombe Farm near Kingsbridge which attracted over 70 guests of all ages. It was hosted by the Kerswell family and was part of the LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) campaign. 365 farms were open nationwide. Its aim is to explain how food is grown and what farmers do to care for the countryside. It also told the story of the changing farming landscape in South Devon as part of the 'All Our Stories' farming HLF project
Management of water is one of the most important challenges that the global economy will face over the next decade. Landscapes for Life – Conference 2013 will bring delegates together in Ipswich to discuss the part that the UK's Protected Landscape Family has in ensuring that our water systems are well managed and our environment is safeguarded for future generations.
The 2013/14 SDF fund is now open for applications. This year we would particularly welcome practical small community land management projects. The South Devon AONB Unit will be administering this modest grant fund which will be aimed primarily at projects with a practical community land management theme.
Twelve geocaches have been placed in a variety of locations along 6 established walks in the AONB; however, prepare to go off the beaten track to hunt for the treasure! They provide a great opportunity to get out and about along the coastline, through the river valleys and in and around some of your local towns. They form part of a postgraduate project researching your landscape and what it means to you. For added fun visit all the caches to collect letters and discover our secret password phrase! The longer the walk the more letters you will gain!
Television personality Monty Halls is to champion a new initiative to promote South Devon as an exciting area for sustainable, adventurous activities for all ages. It will be launched at an event in Kingsbridge to bring businesses in the outdoor activity and education sector together to discuss and co-ordinate ideas. It will be held in Kingsbridge on Monday March 18th.
The marine biologist and former Royal Marine is based in Dartmouth offering visitors outdoor adventure packages including wreck diving and wildlife trips. His enthusiasm for Devon’s great outdoors has been harnessed by the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In lending his support to the new campaign he said "This is a fantastic place to live and to share with visitors. Why go anywhere else when you can swim, sail, dive and paddle in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. "
On the 13th December, the Environment Minister - Richard Benyon, announced the start of the public consultation of the first tranche of Marine Conservation Zones. For us in South Devon, this is the so called “Skerries Bank and surrounds” ‘proposed Marine Conservation Zone’ (pMCZ).
The full consultation suite includes all of the very detailed reports for all proposed and recommended sites across England. However, for the detail that is most relevant to the South Devon AONB please go to: www.bit.ly/12pdwjs
2013 Photo Competition (12/02/13)
Following the huge success of our 50th anniversary competition in 2010, we're planning another photo competition in 2013. Winners and finalists will be exhibited at The Harbour House Kingsbridge from 14th - 20th October. Details of the rules and the prizes will be available at the end of March.
There will be four sections including:
Working the land, Active in the AONB, and Living Here .
Watch this space!
Renewable Energy Marketplace Event Exeter (12/02/13)
19 March, Westpoint, Exeter, 10-4
REM is the south west’s biggest energy event covering renewables, efficiency measures and generation. REM brings together people with a variety of solutions and demands from a diverse range of sectors to learn, share, and innovate.
Meet over 100 installers and suppliers showcasing the latest products and services
• Hear from industry experts on important energy initiatives and policy including RHI, FIT and Green Deal
• Find out the best ways to reduce energy costs
• See live demonstrations of installations and technologies
You can find out more here
South Devon AONB would like you to get involved in the CPRE Annual Star Count for 2013 to find out how dark our skies are. The results will help us to identify areas where light pollution is a problem which is spoiling the natural beauty of the night sky within the AONB.
You don’t need a telescope; all you need to do is go outside after dark between Friday 8th and Sunday 16th February and count how many stars you can see within the four corner points of the Orion constellation. Seeing more than thirty stars within Orion means you’re lucky enough to have truly dark skies; fewer than ten indicates severe light pollution.
Book onto our Management Plan Review Workshops - Biodiversity 6th March, Food and Farming 12th March (23/01/13)
Management Plan: Preparing for 2014-2019
The AONB staff unit is currently working to prepare the 2014 to 2019 management plan, starting with a review of the current management plan. There are several elements to the review including a street survey about general understanding of the AONB which is also available to complete here and a dedicated online survey.
The South West Coast Path owes its unique character to natural processes. The downside is that sometimes cliff falls or landslips close sections of the Coast Path resulting in temporary inland diversions, which can occasionally be quite lengthy, being needed. Four separate areas of the AONB have been affected by recent cliff falls, The South West Coast Path website has up to date details of progress with repair works. Further info about the following areas is available -
West of Lannacombe Beach - path diverted due to cliff fall
Thurlestone, path diverted due to cliff fall
Jennycliff, path diverted due to landslip
Wembury, path reopened