Big Night Out on the Beach! (19/08/14)

South Milton Sands Thurlestone near Kingsbridge,TQ7 3JY. Saturday 13th September 4pm - 10pm. Come and discover the nightlife of the AONB!

Rockpooling, bird walk, treasure hunts, kayak and stand-up-paddle board sessions, storytelling, beach sports and stargazing! Refreshments available from the Beach House cafe or bring your own supper. Bring your binoculars, torch and warm clothes and a clean jam jar if you would like to make a lantern.

This popular event organised in conjunction with the National Trust returns for the 3rd year to South Milton with a range of activities to entertain and educate the whole family.

Join in the Estuary Quest and you could win a £200 voucher!! (19/08/14)

The Estuary Quest is a mixture of letter boxing, orienteering, a treasure hunt and a challenge set around the lower Dart estuary

You can pick up a Quest pack from Monday 30th June at Dartmouth Information Centre, The Castle Cafe in Dartmouth, or Coast and Country Cottages. The information can also be downloaded from the AONB website.

Completed forms should be posted in the collection box in Dartmouth Information Centre before Monday 8th September.

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP launches new South Devon AONB Management Plan (05/08/14)

The sun shone over the Avon valley for the launch of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s new 5 year Plan, that will guide the work of those who care for this protected landscape. Following months of planning, consultation and partnership working, the new Plan was unveiled at a special event held in the heart of the AONB near Wigford Cross Loddiswell at the site of the new orchard and processing plant for Heron Valley Drinks.

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP officially launched the plan with the AONB Partnership Committee.

Is this a 5 star view?  Win a short break (29/05/14)

Win a fantastic prize by registering your views of South Devon AONB  via the Rate my View app downloadable from The Flat at Cafe Alf Resco Dartmouth  provides a relaxed stress-free environment in which to enjoy tasty local food, and admire fantastic views of the Dart estuary and across the river to Kingswear. All images uploaded by 14th September  will be entered into a draw to win a two night break in the Flat at Alfs:

Open Farm Sunday 8th June 2pm - 4pm (29/05/14)

Lower Fuge Farm, near Strete. Come and meet dairy farmer, Mark Wall and find out how milk is produced, in the heart of the AONB!

Explore the farm, see the animals and enjoy spectacular views out over the Gara Valley. After the walk you can enjoy refreshments and woodcraft activities in the farm yard with the Wild Wood team.
Free, fun event for all the family. Sorry, no dogs.

New group launched for South Devon outdoor activity providers (29/04/14)

A brand new group for outdoor activity providers in South Devon has been launched by Manda Brookman sustainable tourism supremo from 'Coast One Planet' tourism project. All of the groups members have signed up to the 'Sustainable Activities Charter' committing them to observing the highest environmental criteria.

Renewable energy event Tuesday 8th April (07/04/14)

The biggest renewable energy event in the South West is coming to Exeter tomorrow, 8 April. Over 100 companies from this sector will be exhibiting and showcasing the latest products. Everything you need for a renewable energy project will be located under one roof.

2014 Explorer booklet launched (02/04/14)

The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB Unit) has launched its’ new programme of outdoor activities from April - October 2014. The guide includes over 80 events organised by the AONB Unit and partner organisations.

Storm damaged AONB coast - repairs underway (20/02/14)

The 60 miles of AONB coastline has taken a battering over recent weeks from the combination of gale force winds, high Spring tides, storm surges, low atmospheric pressure and heavy rainfall. But as we look from the school half term holiday towards Easter, the message to visitors is that repair work is well underway.

Launch of Natural Devon - Devon’s local nature partnership (06/02/14)

A high level partnership to protect and improve Devon’s natural environment is to have its public launch. Natural Devon is holding its inaugural conference Connecting People and Nature on 7th March when a new Devon State of Nature Report will be presented.

South Devon AONB Partnership members have been part of the executive group setting up Natural Devon. A critical role for the Partnership will be to champion Devon’s environment to government, influence policy makers and unlock funding.

Volunteers needed to adopt a walk! (05/02/14)

We would love your help - we’re inviting enthusiastic volunteers to inspect one or more of our downloadable walks.

We provide over 40 walks ranging in length from 2 miles to 12 miles across the AONB from Berry Head near Brixham in the East to Jennycliff near Plymouth in the West. We know they are really popular and it’s important to us that people have the opportunity to explore, enjoy and value this special place. If you’re interested in walking one of these routes to check the information concerning directions and facilities is correct and up to date, we’d be very keen to hear from you.

Management Plan Consultation (29/01/14)

A public consultation ran for six weeks between 4th October and 17th November 2013, where we asked for your views on whether we had addressed the right areas and got the priorities right in our approach to updating the Management Plan.

Thank you to those who submitted comments, these are now helping to inform the current stage of the review process – finalising the text for the strategy part of the Plan. A summary of the responses we received will be published in March 2014 alongside the revised Management Plan.

Devon Countryside Access Forum (29/01/14)

Set up as a statutory forum under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, the Devon Countryside Access Forum is carrying out its annual recruitment of members. The role of the Forum is to provide independent advice on issues associated with improving access to land for recreation and enjoyment.  Membership of the Forum provides an interesting and exciting opportunity to get involved in advising on policies affecting access and assist in the development of strategies and priorities which will determine how our countryside and green space will be enjoyed in the future.

Local History Group Training Day 14th January (06/01/14)

Free history group training and sharing day Tuesday 14th January at Devon Rural Archive Centre

This year we have been lucky enough to receive a grant from the Heritage Lottery under the All Our Stories fund. We have been working with local museums and farming families to collect images, stories and memories of living, growing up and working on a farm in South Devon. As part of this project, Living off the Land, we have funding to work with local history groups to find out more about sharing our heritage and archives. There will also be a chance to share some of the learning from our project and how you could communicate the work that you have done as a group.

Attendance is FREE with refreshments provided. It will be an ideal opportunity for networking between groups and sharing ideas for the future

Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Initiative (10/12/13)

A partnership of organisations concerned about the future of the Greater Horseshoe Bat across Devon has joined forces to develop a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support a large scale initiative and assist the bats long term recovery in the county. The roost sites provided by South Devon’s caves and buildings, coupled with commuting routes formed by the extensive hedgerow, wooded estuary fringes and rivers valleys and the grasslands and pastures that support bat food in the form of insects make the central and eastern part of South Devon AONB part of the important landscape jigsaw puzzle on which Greater Horseshoe Bats depend.