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Providing Space for Nature 2016

To download a copy of this publication that collates and presents all the biodiversity known from the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths SSSI, please click here.


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Welcome to the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths and the website of the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust (charity registration number: 1109514).  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 primary 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 Conservation Trust also undertakes broader outdoor environmental education work with local schools. This  focuses on all aspects of countryside management, including farming and forestry. This work is made possible through the kind support of the Ernest Cook Trust and the Otter Valley Association.

The East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust and its associated trading Land Management Company (registration number 5413877) 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. A full time Countryside Learning officer oversees our education and engagement work programmes. 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.