South Devon Marine Conservation Zones consultation open until 31st March (13/02/13)

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:


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

Join in the CPRE star count and put us on the map: Friday 8th - Saturday 16th February (04/02/13)

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.

Landslips affect parts of the South West coast path in the AONB (16/01/13)

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


Shake up your wake up! Celebrate Farmhouse Breakfast week with South Devon AONB (09/01/13)

Farmhouse Breakfast  Week takes place from 20th - 26th January. Why not celebrate with us, we are organising a special farmhouse breakfast followed by a clifftop walk  on Sunday 20th January 9.30am – 11.30am
Tuck into a cooked breakfast of local farm fresh foods before wrapping up, to blow away the cobwebs and walk it off on the cliffs. Burton farmhouse is set in 325 acres and the Rossiters have farmed the land for over 100 years. 

Bookings for breakfast followed by the walk is essential, please call 01548 561210.  3 miles Adults £7.50, child £5.50. Meet at Burton Farmhouse, Galmpton, Kingsbridge TQ7 3EY

Sustainable Development Grant for Coastwatch at Prawle Point (17/12/12)

The centre at Prawle Point provides information on such subjects as local flora, fauna, history and geology as well as information for walkers and on the roles of the NCI and the various search and rescue agencies.

This grant will  fund a display that will show an up to date weather forecast, a live map enabling visitors to identify some of the vessels at sea, relevant videos and a quiz or quizzes enabling visitors to test their knowledge.
Further info: Nicky Bailey [email protected]  Tel: 01803 861183

Telling Our Story: South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty unit (28/11/12)

South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty unit is one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant, it was announced today. This exciting project “Living off the Land – the changing face of farming in South Devon” led by the South Devon AONB unit has been given £9,700 to examine farming in South Devon,  focussing on how things have changed over the past  50 years, changes in farm size  and in traditional family farms.

Winter Coast and Countryside Events programme out now - activities for all the family! (05/11/12)

There are lots of opportunities to get out and enjoy something new or to be creative.  New events include canoeing on the Salcombe- Kingsbridge Estuary looking at the birdlife, making your own ‘green’ Christmas decorations  from the hedgerow and garden and a  coastal walk with breakfast celebrating ‘Farmhouse Breakfast week’ in January.  Other events include a variety of themed walks from archaeology  and history to wildlife, and activities such as farm trails and wildflower gardening. All of these events are aimed at helping local residents and visitors to enjoy the AONB and gain a better understanding of what makes South Devon such a special place. Full details also  on our events calendar at:

Great South West Walk coming in 2013 - putting 40 years of love back into the SW Coast path (31/10/12)

The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team is taking part in a special event to celebrate the SW Coast Path Association’s 40th anniversary next Spring. The ‘Great South West Walk’ will help fund improvement projects all along the route in Cornwall, Devon Dorset and Somerset. The walk along the South Devon AONB coast will start from Berry Head on Monday 15th April and finish in Mount Batten Plymouth  on Saturday 20th April.The South West Coast Path Association will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2013. To mark this landmark, they are encouraging people to take part in The Great South West Walk, raising funds to give the path some much needed tender loving care

For more information, or to sign up to take part, please visit or follow the event on Twitter @LoveSWCoastPath

Dartmouth Food Festival - (10/10/12)

Friday 26th - Sunday 28th October
Come and find us at the food festival on the South Embankment, celebrating our Outstanding Landscape and it’s Outstanding Food.

Find out about the variety  local products from this protected landscape.  Tell us about your favourite food and drink from the area.

We will be there from Friday to Sunday  with  tastings of Sharpham Savour our very own cheese created by Sharpham Creamery a  mixture of cows milk and goats milk, displays, information on buying sustainable fish, activities and our Big Draw Patchwork!

Welcome: New Community Partnership Representatives (01/10/12)

Following the elections at this year's Annual Open Forum, we welcome the following individuals to serve on the committee for the next three years:

• Jill Davies Chief Officer of South Hams Community & Voluntary Services (CVS): Community or Voluntary Groups active in the AONB

• John Sherrell farmer from Holbeton: Landowning or Farming Community of the AONB

• Val Mercer Parish Councillor at Slapton: Parish Councils in the AONB

• Kate Ryder proprietor of Cafe Alf Fresco in Dartmouth: Business Community of the AONB

• David Halsall proprietor of Singing Paddles Outdoor Adventure Company: Tourism Community of the AONB