Friends Events launched for the summer 2014
20 Mar 2014
A programme of eleven public engagement events has been launched for spring 2014. READ MORE
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Last chance for a swail
20 Mar 2014
The recent good spell of dry weather has enabled the heaths to dry significantly to allow us to swail after a horrendously wet winter. 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.