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2014 Friends of the Commons Annual Forum

Wednesday 26th November, 7pm to 9pm. Find out about the activities and achievemnts of the Conservation Trust during 2014. Click here for more information.


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    Friends' Annual Forum, Wednesday 26th November 2014

    23 Oct 2014

    The evening will begin with a review of the activities of the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust during 2014. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the team, and give feedback on issues relating to the Commons. Local entomologist John Walters will also be giving an illustrated talk on some of the rarest and most enigmatic insects to be found on the Pebblebed Heaths, including potter wasps and Kugelann’s beetle. Booking essential as places limited. Please call (01395) 441142 to book. READ MORE

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    Himalayan Balsam Annual Review

    23 Oct 2014 - 6:00 PM

    Staff of the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust, Clinton Devon Estates and community groups from a number of villages who have been active trying to eradicate balsam during the summer 2014 will be meeting up on Thursday 23rd October in the Otter Inn, Colaton Raleigh, to celebrate their achievements of the year, pool their collective knowledge and strategise for the coming year. For more information please contact us via the Contact page. READ MORE

Welcome to the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths and the website of the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust.  We are a conservation charity established by Clinton Devon Estates in 2006 to manage the core area of this unique wildlife habitat situated close to Exeter. Designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and a Special Protection Area, this area represents one of the most important conservation sites in Europe.

The aims of the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust are to fulfil the legal national and European obligations of Clinton Devon Estates to ensure this threatened ecosystem is protected, to ensure all wildlife associated with the heathland flourishes, to protect public access, encourage responsible public enjoyment of the heaths and promote environmental education. Without careful management, heathland can deteriorate into scrub, and this valuable open habitat with its rare animal and plant life would be lost.

The East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust employs full-time wardens to look after the heaths and monitor its wildlife, with annual work undertaken including species surveys, scrub and bracken clearance, controlled burns, maintaining paths for walkers and conservation grazing. All activities seek to maximise the wildlife and public value of the site. Conservation volunteers play an important role in assisting us to do this. We hope you enjoy visiting this website and finding our more about the cultural history and wildlife of the heaths and its past, current and future management.

For an October update on the beavers on the River Otter, please click here! To see Clinton Devon Estate's Position Statement on beavers, please click here.