Winter events programme (05/11/13)

Our next printed events programme will be published in mid February in time for the half term break as part of the 2014 Explorer leaflet. This bumper edition will include events through to September.

In the meantime you can find out what winter walks, craft events and activities are going on in your neck of the woods by logging onto the events section of the website for  everything from fish filleting to wreath making!   We will also be producing some flyers listing our own and partner organisation events that will be available at Information Centres shortly.

Calling all Community Orchards (05/11/13)

Orchard Link and South Devon AONB invite you to an open meeting of community orchard groups in South Devon on Wednesday 20th November, 7.30 – 9.30 pm, at South Brent Old School Community Centre. If you are involved in running or supporting a local community orchard in South Devon, or thinking of starting one, please join us for an informal gathering.

Renewables rethink? (05/11/13)

Commercial-scale wind turbines and solar power schemes continue to generate as much controversy as electricity, and the latest signals from government add another layer of complexity to the issue.

Spurred on by the feed-in tariffs, landowners and energy companies are understandably pursuing wind turbine and solar pv schemes at a wide range of scales and locations all over the country, backed up by the government’s 2012 National Planning Policy Framework which states that schemes should be approved if their impacts can be made acceptable .

Patron presents prizes (23/10/13)

South Devon AONB patron Jonathan Dimbleby has presented the prizes for the 2013 photo competition. The presentations were made at The Harbour House Gallery in Kingsbridge where all of the finalists were hung as part of an exhibition from 15th -20th Oct.

The overall winner was ‘Making Waves’ a picture of three kite surfers taken at Bantham by Steve Drinkwater. He also won the ‘Active in the AONB’ section.  Congratulations everyone, see all the winners and short listed pictures at

Chance to have your say on new Plan (08/10/13)

The public have from now until the 17th November 2013 to comment on revisions to the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Management Plan. The new plan will cover the period 2014 – 19.

The Plan is a comprehensive summary of priorities to protect this nationally important area for future generations. Prepared by the AONB Partnership the Plan when finalised will be adopted by the local authorities as required under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. For each of the Management Themes issues, objectives and actions are identified. Details of the consultation are at : Draft Plan

Lupton House - Galmpton Circular walk (25/09/13)

Sunday 6th October 10am -1pm

Join local historian John Risdon to discover more about the links from Lupton House into the countryside around Galmpton and uncover the stories behind the landscape. The walk is about five miles long and will be steep in places.

Meet at Lupton House Car Park Churston TQ5 0LD.

Dexter proves he knows where his food comes from (25/09/13)

Dexter Wall has won the junior prize in a South Devon AONB competition at Kingsbridge Show. The competition was about identifying where different products come from and what ingredients are used in a variety of food stuffs. There were 25 different items to link and Dexter scored best out of all the junior entries. The items on display amongst others included a maize stalk, sausages, cheese and milk.

Funding unlocks our coastal heritage (24/09/13)

Some well known historic buildings on the South Devon coast are getting a stitch in time as conservation work gets underway to protect them. A rare 300-year-old Admiralty flag signal station, a prominent fishermen’s lookout, three World War Two pill boxes and two historic estuary slipways are being given skilled care to re-point stonework, join cracks in masonry and stabilise crumbling concrete.

The scheme is part of a larger regional partnership aimed at making the most of the rich history and monuments found along the 630-mile South West Coast Path.

Big Night Out attracts 350 to enjoy the beach! (19/09/13)

Around 350 people attended the second ‘Big Night Out on the Beach’ jointly organised by South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (South Devon AONB) and National Trust South Devon Countryside at South Milton Sands Thurlestone on 14th September.

The weather was perfect for the programme designed to open everyone’s eyes to what lies beneath the surface and after dark in this special area of the AONB looked after by the National Trust.

Saturday 14th September: Join us at the beach (12/09/13)

A joint event with the National Trust - South Devon Countryside. Come and discover the nightlife of the AONB! Rockpooling, bird walk, treasure hunts, kayak and stand-up-paddle board sessions, storytelling, beach olympics and stargazing! Feast on goodies from the Beach House cafe or bring your own supper.

Doing better for our rivers (06/08/13)

The government has announced its determination to achieve a more locally-driven, more effective, and better joined-up, approach to managing Britain’s rivers from source to sea – seeing this as the only way that we can meet the tough challenges of getting our waterways into good ecological condition and meeting the targets set by the Water Framework Directive.

Pick up a prize in our 2013 photographic competition (06/08/13)

Salcombe fishing boat

Enter our 2013 photo competition for the opportunity to win a fantastic short break in the South Devon AONB. Show us what you think is special about this area. We'd love to know more about the way individuals and communities spend their time whether working, playing or exploring.

Landscapes For Life Conference (06/08/13)

The theme for this year’s conference was water. Held in Ipswich delegates came together to discuss the part that the UK's Protected Landscapes Family has in ensuring that our water systems are well managed and our environment is safeguarded for future generations.

Gateway signs in Diptford North Huish and Avonwick (06/08/13)

New signs have been installed in Avonwick, Diptford and North Huish denoting that they lie within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The pilot project is a joint initiative between the parishes, Devon County Council and the AONB Unit with the costs being shared between them as well as contributions from the locality funds of Cllr Steer and Cllr Black.