Luke Sterry from Slapton was the winner of the AONB Bats, Bees and Butterflies competition staged in the AONB marquee at Kingsbridge show . The prize for the winner was a boat trip courtesy of Ali Jones proprietor of Salcombe Sea N Shore.and Chairman of South Devon Outdoors the new organisation for sustainable activity providers in South Devon. The competition involved identification of various bats, and butterflies and queries about their habitats and pollination.
Record numbers at Big Night Out on the beach (22/09/14)
Great South West Walks 20-28th September (19/08/14)
The Great South West Walks 2014 is a celebration of the South West Coast Path taking place from 20th – 28th September 2014, with 100 popular circular walks focused around the Coast Path in Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall - 15 of them in South Devon! Its aim is to raise vital funds through these sponsored walks which will to be used for improvements to the Coast Path and will help Children’s Hospice South West provide care and support to children who are living with life-limited conditions and their families in the South West.
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.
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.
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 www.ratemyview.co.uk 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: www.cafealfresco.co.uk
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.
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)
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.
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.