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    Beaver Management in Bavaria

    26 Oct 2015

    I was fortunate enough to be invited to Bavaria at the start of October to learn about their approach to beaver management. READ MORE

  • Events

    Space for Nature: Pebblebed Heaths

    12 Nov 2015 - 7:00 PM

    For those who missed the opportunity to attend during Heath Week. Dr Sam Bridgewater will repeat his Space for Nature talk, giving his overview of the primary wildlife groups on the Pebblebed heaths and the conservation challenges that lie ahead. An entertaining and extremely informative evening. View all events

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 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 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.

For a January 2015 update on the beavers on the River Otter, please click here! To see Clinton Devon Estate's Position Statement on beavers, please click here.