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.

‘Our Land’ Advent giveaway (05/12/13)

In true festive spirit, during the 24 days of Advent 'Our Land' will be giving away a different daily prize in a our Christmas Advent Calendar Competition.

Prizes  include a range of experiences and items including Virgin Balloon Flights.To ensure you have a chance of winning go to the Our Land Facebook page : as well as via an Our Land webpage: Advent competition

Training event for local history groups (04/12/13)

As part of a round up to our 'All Our Stories project we will be staging a training day at the Devon Rural Archive (DRA) on Tuesday 14th January 2014. Open to all local history groups the event will include a session on digital recording with Ian Phillips and a broadcasting session with Lucinda Guy of Soundart local radio.

Skerries Bank and surrounds is one of 27 designated MCZs (04/12/13)

The Skerries Bank and Surrounds MCZ is an inshore site located on the South Devon coast. It runs along the coast from Leek Cove at Limebury Point to Torcross, and extends from the coast line out to depths of approximately 70 metres. The site overlaps with the Start Point Inshore Potting Agreement. Skerries Bank and Surrounds is an area that supports a highly diverse range of species that live on the seabed or in the water column and is also known to be an important breeding area for flat fish.

Delicious Dart Trail 2014 (02/12/13)

The Delicious Dart Trail is a unique event designed to showcase South Devon's spectacular scenery and local produce in an innovative way. It combines trail running with food and drink sampling and is best described as a food festival on the run. Participants run from Dartington Hall to Dartmouth sampling various local food and drink at stop points along the way. The event was inspired by the Marathon du Medoc in France an annual race in which 22 chateaux open their doors and provide wine tastings to 1000's of runners as they make their way around the 26.2 mile course.

Free on-line map widget helps explore the South West (02/12/13)

To help visitors explore the South West's beautiful countryside a free online map 'widget' is now available. This widget and supporting marketing toolkit is to help tourism businesses offer more to their visitors throughout all four seasons.

The scenery of the South West is the most important reason for visitors coming to this beautiful region. 90% of us now use the web to plan our holidays and over 80% of visitors to the South West take part in a countryside activity. To show all the different types of activities and locations a creative map has been designed based on the famous tube map of London (attached).

The widget is a map of the South West which promotes outdoor activities to help visitors get out and about. Any type of tourism business can easily install the widget on their website and, once installed, their visitors can start planning their holidays in advance.

Joining ‘Our Land’ (06/11/13)

We have recently joined ‘Our Land’, a sustainable tourism initiative designed specifically for protected landscapes. Its aim is to develop and promote rural responsible tourism in UK Protected Landscapes to the benefit of local economies.

Our Land’s vision is to help visitors make a conscious connection between their experience and landscape conservation. It does this by discovering, developing and promoting the conservation stories of the people running tourism businesses in the landscapes.Further info at 

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 .