Luke Sterry from Slapton was the winner of the South Devon AONB Bats, Bees and Butterflies competition staged in the AONB marquee at Kingsbridge show . The prize for the lucky winner was a boat trip courtesy of Ali Jones proprietor of Salcombe Sea N Shore, Chairman of South Devon Outdoors.
The competition involved identification of various bats, and butterflies and queries about their habitats and pollination. Its aim was to raise awareness about current AONB projects that the public are able to engage with. Further information about the Greater Horseshoe Bat project is available from www.devonwildlifetrust.org/greater-horseshoe-bat-project or from the AONB Unit 01803 861384.
The trip allowed Luke to see a range of wildlife and heritage sites at close quarters Ali Jones said “We saw seals, cormorants, shags, oyster catchers, Start Point Lighthouse, Hallsands and the wreck of the Demetrious .” Luke said " I liked seeing the seals on the rocks near Start Point. The lighthouse, close-up, was interesting, because I had never been that close to it before and it wainteresting to see the ruins of Hallsands from a boat because you can't see them so well from the path.
Ali Jones is Chairman of South Devon Outdoors the new group for outdoor activity businesses in South Devon AONB who are committed to encouraging visitors to develop an active respect and understanding of the wildlife and natural beauty of the area. The prize was for two people so Luke took his mum Gill along too!