September has always been an outstanding month in our countryside with harvests being brought safely home, trees and meadows taking on their autumnal colours, skies offering a full palette of hues, musky bonfires lingering in the evening air and a more general welcoming calmness for visitors.
September this year, however, promises to be even more outstanding!
The UK’s AONB Family has come together to organise a 10 day programme of events to help people enjoy and be inspired by the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). Starting on Saturday 19th September and continuing through to Sunday 27th September, the events can be found onhttp://www.landscapesforlifeevents.org.uk
Events are being organised throughout the country so please join us for an Outstanding Week!”
In South Devon we will be staging our Big NIght out on the beach, our annual evening of fun and activities on the beach! There'll be watersports taster sessions, rockpooling, bird walks, Neptune sundown parade, star gazing, children's activities, refreshments in the Beach House cafe and more!
The Salcombe Bioblitz takes place on the 2nd weekend This 24 hour wildlife survey records biodiversity in the marine environment, and a range of other coastal habitats. Expert led activities will be running throughout the day and night. Participants of all levels of expertise and all ages are invited to join in. Absolutely anyone and everyone is welcome! details of all South Devon AONB events can be found at http://www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/explore/events/
As NAAONB’s Jill Smith, explains
“Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are some of the most beautiful and cherished landscapes in the UK. They are vibrant landscapes which offer a wealth of opportunities for everyone to enjoy them. They are Landscapes for Life in so many different ways.
“Outstanding Week is an opportunity for you to get involved and get out into our AONBs’ outstanding landscapes to enjoy country shows, dark sky discovery nights, walking festivals, archaeology walks, wood fairs, foraging and local food festivals, wildlife walks, coastal and marine days, thatching courses, drystone walling competitions, charcoal making, bioblitz, inspiration through art and music and many, many other activities.
See Twitter with #outstandingweek and @naaonb & @aonbfamily for new events to enjoy each day.